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No Relief for Peeping Tom Victim

When Missouri bookkeeper Jill Cottrill discovered that her supervisor had been watching her use the restroom through a peephole several times a day over a four-year period, she was a bit upset to say the least. And in April 2006 she and another female employee filed suit against their employer, MFA Inc., alleging the company contributed to a hostile work environment.

While an employee at MFA, a regional agriculture cooperative, Cottrill's supervisor Scott Adkins constructed a peephole from his personal break room to the women's bathroom. After other employees discovered the peephole, MFA devised a plan to catch Adkins in the act by installing a camera in his break room. The employees then caught Adkins looking through the peephole when Cottrill entered the bathroom, and the company fired him. The women then sued their company, accusing it of creating a hostile work environment.

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