The complaint alleges that the associate resigned because Weiss made "constant and intolerable" comments to her. Weiss continues to deny the allegations and claims that these allegations were made up because the associate was about to be fired.
In 1980, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission produced a set of guidelines for defining sexual harassment in the workplace. One definition of sexual harassment involves unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, or other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature that has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with an individual's work performance or creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive work environment.
Lawyers who litigate sexual harassment claims agree that compliance with the law simply boils down to one word: respect. If the culture of the workplace is one where everyone respects the feelings of other people, sexual harassment claims usually do not develop.