Personal Injury

Man sues employer over sexual harassment claims

sexual harassment male 375x210 Man sues employer over sexual harassment claimsKevin Michael Shaw of Katy, Texas, is suing San Jose technology firm Cisco Systems alleging he was forced to show his genitals after missing a tee shot during a golf game while on a business trip in Australia with his coworker, Cisco Practice Director Randal Kenworthy. His lawsuit was filed in the Houston Division of the Southern District of Texas.

Shaw’s lawsuit claims the sexual harassment and ridicule continued even after they returned to the United States, and that Kenworthy “clearly demonstrated a sustained campaign of disparagement and denigration amongst senior leadership within Shaw’s direct command-chain.”

For months, Shaw endured the sexual harassment and hostile work environment fueled by Kenworthy until he complained to Cisco management. But instead of handling the situation, the company fired Shaw reportedly for violating its Code of Business Conduct, a move that Shaw calls retaliation for his complaints about his coworker.

As a result, Shaw’s physical and mental health suffered, leading him to file the lawsuit. He is requesting a trial by jury, and has filed additional claims seeking reimbursement, as promised by Cisco, for expenses he incurred while engaged in business practices for the company.

Most often, especially in light of the #metoo movement, people assume women are the victims of sexual harassment. And most of them are. But men can be victims, too.

According to a recent Marketplace-Edison Research Poll, nearly 1 in 7 men reported having personally experienced sexual harassment in the workplace. Seventeen percent of all sexual harassment claims filed to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission were made by men. Both men and women have been accused of sexually harassing men they work with.

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SE Texas Record
Marketplace