Recently, A.J. Pyka successfully defended a male supervisor of a skating rink who was sued by an employee who claimed he was subjected to sexual harassment. The alleged sexual harassment consisted of unwanted kissing, pats on the butt, and verbal harassment of a sexual nature. The plaintiff employee further claimed that the manager discriminated against him and retaliated against him for rejecting the manager’s sexual advances. The plaintiff was terminated after about a year of employment for being late to the job and plaintiff claimed this was pretextual, and the real reason for his termination was his rejection of the manager’s sexual advances.
Mr. Pyka successfully defended the manager of the skating rink by establishing that the plaintiff never complained to anyone, even his best friends, about the alleged sexual harassment and was not subjected to a hostile work environment.
The jury deliberated for approximately 5 hours, and returned a victory for the defense. Prior to the trial, the defendants offered $100,000.00 to settle the case.