When Carl Sassaman's boss demanded that he resign after a co-worker accused Sassaman of sexual harassment, the county employee shocked his boss by suing for sex discrimination. Sassaman says he was upset that in the "he said-she said" stand-off, his employer treated his female accuser's word as gospel while discounting his own vehement denials. Rather than investigating, Sassaman's male boss at the Dutchess County (N.Y.) Board of Elections asked police to look into the woman's allegations of harassment and stalking. Police didn't find evidence to justify criminal charges.
Rights of Guys
The 2nd Circuit ruled that jurors could reasonably draw an inference of discriminatory intent if they accepted Sassaman's combined allegations that his supervisor suggested men are apt to sexually harass their co-workers and that the employer failed to properly investigate the alleged harassment.