Back in 2010, employment law attorney Michael Bononi was quoted at length in an article about a sexual harassment lawsuit filed by pop star Britney Spears’s former bodyguard. The bodyguard, Fernando Flores, alleged that the singer made multiple unwelcome sexual advances on numerous occasions.
Bononi said that Flores would have to show not only that he was subjected to a hostile work environment because of the alleged sexual advances, but that he was harmed by the star’s conduct. He must also prove that a reasonable person would have been offended by the alleged conduct.
The complaint from Flores also alleged that the pop star called him to her room for the sole purpose of teasing him with her naked body. The bodyguard reported the incident to his supervisor, who shrugged it off. Flores also alleged that he was mocked by his supervisor for reporting his concerns.
Bononi noted that even though California law is relatively friendly to employees, plaintiffs still have a big hurdle when trying to prove that not only did the conduct happen, but also that they were harmed by it.