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Search ongoing for sexual harassment suspect in Boulder

The search continues for a man in Colorado who is accused of unlawful sexual contact with a former employee of the Original Pancake House. The man is accused of unlawful sexual contact with force, unlawful sexual conduct and identity theft. He was previously employed at the restaurant, as was the female victim, and it is alleged that three other men were involved in the sexual harassment case.

The woman says that several of the male employees at the restaurant repeatedly touched her inappropriately and harassed her. After the woman complained in March, police arrested three individuals who worked at the Original Pancake House, and authorities say the men were using fake identities. They each pled guilty to criminal impersonation and harassment charges, and were thereafter handed over to the United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement. However, the fourth accused man is still wanted by law enforcement.

Colorado employment law can be tricky when it comes to situations like this. Sexual harassment on the job is a pernicious offense, but those who are subjected to the unwanted sexual advances of others in the workplace do have legal rights. Not only could the offending workers face criminal and civil penalties, but the employer may well be found liable for fostering a hostile work environment. Anyone who has suffered unwanted sexual advances while working would benefit from consulting an attorney to review the facts and circumstances in terms of liability. Taking such action can help determine the appropriate legal steps to both stop the harassment and seek redress for the wrongs committed.

Source: Daily Camera, "Boulder police continue search for suspect in Original Pancake House incidents," Mitchell Byars, Dec. 21, 2011

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