EX-SIMI JANITOR FILES HARASSMENT CLAIM.Byline: Douglas Clark
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A former city janitor filed a claim Tuesday against Simi Valley Simi Valley (sē`mē, sĭm`ē), city (1990 pop. 100,217), Ventura co., SW Calif. in an oil, fruit, and farm region; laid out 1887, inc. 1969. , alleging she was sexually harassed by a co-worker then fired in retaliation for her complaints of verbal and physical abuse.
In her claim, the first step in filing a lawsuit, Linda Garner, 31, maintains that her supervisors failed to take action after she complained about vulgar statements and uninvited un·in·vit·ed
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sexual touching by a transit employee.
Garner also claims she was fired Oct. 14 in retaliation for her complaints.
``Garner . . . continues to suffer from severe fright, shock, stress, aggravation, embarrassment, humiliation . . . and severe physical, emotional and mental stress,'' according to according to
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2. In keeping with: according to instructions.
3. the claim.
Although no monetary amount is stated in her claim, Garner is seeking general and punitive damages Monetary compensation awarded to an injured party that goes beyond that which is necessary to compensate the individual for losses and that is intended to punish the wrongdoer. , including past and future medical expenses, future loss of earnings and attorney's fees.
Fred Crawford, a Montebello attorney representing Garner, said his client no longer lives in Simi Valley. He declined further comment.
According to the claim, the sexual harassment sexual harassment, in law, verbal or physical behavior of a sexual nature, aimed at a particular person or group of people, especially in the workplace or in academic or other institutional settings, that is actionable, as in tort or under equal-opportunity statutes. began in April 1997 shortly after Garner was hired as a janitor.
While cleaning Simi Valley Transit Authority buses, Garner alleges, male employees directed lewd comments toward her and that one employee touched her breasts.
She also was encouraged by an unidentified employee to ignore the sexual advances so that her harassment claims would not ``blow up in your face,'' the claim said.
By mid-June, Garner also complained to her supervisor, the Simi Valley Police Department The Simi Valley Police Department (SVPD) is the police department of the city of Simi Valley, California. The department currently has over 120 sworn officers, and more than 65 support personnel. The department has a patrol area that covers over 39 square miles. , and the city's Human Resources Department, according to the claims.
Assistant City Manager Laura Herron said a ``thorough investigation'' of personnel complaints is conducted by the Human Resources Department, which develops findings and recommendations.
Nona Young, Human Resources chief, declined comment, citing employee confidentiality.