Posted On: January 9, 2009

Sexual Harassment Claims Against Georgetown Mayor

Sexual Harassment allegations were made by Sabrina Morris, the head of the Georgetown South Carolina's Building and Planning Department, against Mayor Wilson. Morris claims the mayor told her to perform a pole dance on the top of a new bar Beef O'Brady's that was being opened in town. Morris also claims Wilson touched her inappropriately which would also constitute sexual harassment.

According to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission ("EEOC"), Sexual harassment can occur in a variety of circumstances, including but not limited to the following. The victim as well as the harasser may be a woman or a man. The victim does not have to be of the opposite sex. The harasser can be the victim's supervisor, an agent of the employer, a supervisor in another area, a co-worker, or a non-employee. The victim does not have to be the person harassed but could be anyone affected by the offensive conduct. Unlawful sexual harassment may occur without economic injury to or discharge of the victim. The harasser's conduct must be unwelcome. In determining whether harassment is sufficiently severe or pervasive to create a hostile environment, the harasser's conduct should be evaluated from the objective standpoint of a "reasonable person

In Fiscal Year 2007, EEOC received 12,510 charges of sexual harassment and payouts totaled almost $50 million to employees who were victims of sexual harassment.