Friday, February 26, 2010

Dishonorable Pervert

From the Denver Post:

Staffer at Windsor American Legion gets back over sex harassment
By Howard Pankratz
The Denver Post

Posted: 02/26/2010 11:25:56 AM MST
Updated: 02/26/2010 12:05:04 PM MST

A female bar manager suffered such egregious sexual harassment at the American Legion Forbes-McKay Post No. 109 in Windsor that the Colorado Civil Rights Commission said it has taken the unusual action of reversing an administrative law judge who ruled that the woman failed to prove unlawful discrimination.

The commission said it agreed with the bar manager's claims that she had been "severely sexually harassed" by Post Commander Lowell Buderus, and was fired in October 2007 because she was unwilling to participate with Buderus "in his sexual advances."

A phone number for Buderus has been disconnected and a person at the Windsor post said Buderus is no longer commander.

The Colorado Civil Rights Commission said today it has awarded the woman back pay.

The commission also said it ordered the Post to cease and desist from further discriminatory practices, specifically finding that the woman had "experienced an extremely severe level of sexual harassment" and the Post's explanation for her termination was "not credible."

The Post did not follow its standard termination procedures, the commission added.

Contrary to the finding of the administrative law judge, the commission said the bar manager had met her burden of establishing a case of discrimination.

Among the commission's findings were that on the evening of July 19, 2007, Buderus came up to the woman who was seated on a barstool at the Post, put his arm around her shoulders, spoke to her in a sexually suggestive manner and began rubbing himself against her thigh.

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