Fernando Flores Sues Britney Spears for Sexual Harassment
Singer Britney Spears is reportedly facing a lawsuit that can only be described as toxic. The allegations contained in a suit filed by former bodyguard Fernando Flores maintain he was sexually harassed by the singer. The suit claims Spears made repeated unwanted sexual advances toward Flores and goes on to detail the actions that the bodyguard says "humiliated and traumatized him."
How Britney's camp will do damage control on this suit is anybody's guess. The legal issues, according to People.com, range from allegations that Spears summoned Flores to her room at her house "for no other purpose or reason than to expose her naked body or near-naked body," to claims that Spears "engaged in numerous sexual acts" in front of Flores. The suit also states Spears was abusive to both him and to her children.
If the claims contained in Fernando Flores's suit are anywhere near the truth, they do seem to set out a textbook case of a hostile work environment. Sexual harassment is conduct that is unwelcome, based on sex, and severe or pervasive enough to create an abusive or offensive working environment. The elements which courts look to as evidence of a hostile work environment can include conduct was hostile or patently offensive; whether the alleged harasser was a co-worker or supervisor; if the conduct was verbal, physical or both and the frequency with which it occurred. The EEOC would like to remind you that sexual harassment can happen to both men and women.
According to the suit, even Flores's superiors supposedly discounted his complaints of sexual harassment saying, "You know you liked it."
Of course, the cross-allegations against Fernando Flores have already been reported. According to Britain's Daily Mail, Flores has been called a 'disgruntled' and 'opportunistic' former employee.
- Britney Spears Suit Claims Sexual Harassment, Abuse (TMZ.com)
- Sexual Harassment: What is it? (FindLaw)
- Understanding Different Types of Harassment (FindLaw)