Friday, August 27, 2010

Harassment by Hypnosis - COTW #4

This week's Case of the Week hits close to home... well, not so much the subject but the court: Western District of Pennsylvania in which I am admitted to practice. A woman alleges that she was sexually harassed via hypnosis on what her harasser allegedly called his "magic couch."

Read the Full Complaint Here

Susan Patroski alleges that one of her supervisors instructed her to engage in secret relaxation sessions, which were actually hypnosis, as part of her job duties. At these sessions, she claims:
[The supervisor] stroked [her] breasts, and repeatedly brought her to orgasm, utilizing the hypnotic suggestion that he would slowly count to five, and when he reached five, she would experience a rush of pleasure.
This went on for about a year, with the Plaintiff not remembering the sessions. Now, she claims her memory has returned although it's still a little hazy.

Never a dull moment in employment law! Did I mention she's seeking $5,000,000 in damages? As always, remember that these are just allegations and they have not yet been established in a court if law.

HT: Tyson Snow's tweet directed me to the On Point News article:  Charity Worker Accuses CEO of Hypnotic Seduction (which included a link to the Complaint which was the source for this post).

Posted by Philip Miles, an employment lawyer with McQuaide Blasko in State College, Pennsylvania.