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Ex-financial advisor says she was sexually harassed

An ex-Morgan Stanley financial advisor says she was victimized by on-the-job sexual harassment while employed by the investment firm. The woman says that Morgan Stanley wrongfully terminated her after she complained about sexual harassment perpetrated by one of her managers. The manager, she says, asked her to send him a sexually explicit picture of herself.

According to the woman's lawsuit, which she filed in Los Angeles Superior Court, sexually harassing behavior was the norm at Morgan Stanley during her employment at a Santa Monica branch of the firm. In the action, the woman cited the following causes of action: sexual harassment, wrongful termination, retaliation, sex discrimination, failure to prevent harassment, failure to prevent discrimination and failure to prevent retaliation.

Morgan Stanley has publicly responded to the allegations, saying that the firm is "confident that she was not subjected to any unlawful conduct while employed with Morgan Stanley." In spite of this response, the woman claims in her lawsuit that she was "subjected to repeated sexual harassment due to a sexually charged work environment, sexual propositions and demeaning treatment."

There is never a situation in which sexual harassment at the workplace is appropriate. If you are being victimized by unwanted sexual advances, quid pro quo offers to perform sexual favors, demeaning comments, unwanted touching or any other kind of harassing behavior, you have every right to put a stop to it immediately. Also, when seeking that the harassment stop, you do not have to fear the loss of your job. If you are wrongfully terminated because you reported sexual harassment, you can seek financial restitution and justice in court.

Source: patch.com, "Former Financial Adviser Sues For Sexual Harrassment," Emily Holland, July 17, 2017

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