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Resort hit with federal suit in sexual harassment case
By Times Staff Writer
Published December 5, 2007
WESLEY CHAPEL - A federal lawsuit has been filed against Saddlebrook Resort Inc., saying that a female employee was sexually harassed by her supervisor for two years.
The lawsuit said the alleged victim filed a complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission but that the agency filed a "dismissal" notice, which occurs when an investigation turns up no violations.
In the lawsuit, Alicia Larson said she was 19 when she was hired as a landscaper in July 2005. But the lawsuit said her manager was soon "propositioning" Larson for "sexual favors," that she was subjected to "vulgar, sexual comments" and had to work in an "environment permeated with sexual hostility and intimidation." The lawsuit said the supervisor repeatedly propositioned Larson, touched her inappropriately and ordered her to rub his shoulders and legs.
Larson said she quit in March and complained, but the lawsuit said Saddlebrook "chose to do nothing." The plaintiff's attorneys and Saddlebrook owner Tom Dempsey did not return calls for comment Tuesday.