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Judge rules that UNC-Chapel Hill failed to protect employee from sexual harassment and retaliation

A judge ruled last week that the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill failed to protect an employee from sexual harassment and retaliation from two of her previous bosses.

The judge also ruled that UNC-Chapel Hill did not violate the state whistleblower act by taking “adverse action” against the employee.

The employee, Maria Isabel Prudencio-Arias, who works as a housekeeper at UNC-Chapel Hill, claims that she was subjected to a sexually hostile work environment by two of her former bosses, Housekeeping Director Bill Burston and Dallas Burnette.

According to Prudencio-Arias, Burston retaliated against her after she filed the sexual harassment complaint against Burnette.

The North Carolina State Personnel Commission will review the judge’s ruling and will make a final decision in the case.

Prudencio-Arias’ attorney plans to ask the commission to award her $160,000 in damages for lost personal leave, depression and emotional stress.

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