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Jury verdict supports sexual harassment claims against Playboy

On Wednesday, August 11, a jury awarded former broadcast technician Julie Crouch more than $182,500 at the conclusion of a sexual harassment lawsuit that Crouch filed against Playboy Entertainment Group.  The jury also ordered Crouch’s co-worker Charles Dorn to pay her $10,000 in punitive damages.

Crouch had alleged that Charles Dorn  sexually harassed her for more than five years.  According to Courthouse News Service, “Crouch’s lawyer Mark Joseph Valencia argued that Dorn had been sexually harassing her, calling her a “slut,” “bitch,” “fucking fat pig” and making other vulgar comments toward her. Valencia called in Crouch’s former co-workers and supervisors to testify that Dorn had not only been calling her names but also throwing pens at her like darts or sliding a condom on her desk and suggest her to come over to his house.”

The jurors found that Playboy was responsible for not preventing the sexual harassment, and they found that Playboy’s former human resources manager, Brenda Villa, did not try adequately to stop Dorn’s sexual harassment of Crouch and did not conduct a thorough investigation.

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