Completed Sexual Harassment Training: Fired For Sexual Harassment 6 Weeks Later

Here’s a news brief that is quite disturbing – on many levels.

All Iowa Senate employees are required to participate in sexual harassment training and then attest that they have read Iowa Senate personnel guidelines which prohibit all types of harassment.

Well, according to the Des Moines Register it seems that a young Senate clerk participated in sexual harassment training on February 19th – and was fired on April 3rd for … sexual harassment!   He acknowledged his conduct that was the subject of a “credible complaint,” and was immediately terminated.

Seems that in 2015 this fellow “walked around” the campus of Iowa State “asking students to sign his petition to end women’s suffrage.”  Ending women’s suffrage?

It was reported that some students “signed the petition not knowing what women’s suffrage meant.”



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Richard Cohen

Richard B. Cohen is a partner in the New York City office of FisherBroyles, LLP, a national law firm. Richard Cohen has litigated and arbitrated complex corporate, commercial and employment disputes for more than 35 years, and is a trusted advisor to business owners and in-house counsel both in the United States and internationally. His clients have included Fortune 100 companies, domestic and foreign commercial and investment banks, Pacific-rim corporations and real estate development companies, as well as start-up businesses throughout the United States. Email Richard at [email protected]