Lawsuit Charges Sexual Harassment

Posted: October 22, 1992

A Royersford woman has filed suit against her former employer, seeking in excess of $20,000 in damages for what she alleges were various forms of sexual harassment over a half-year period.

Hope Lindauer and her husband, C. Michael Lindauer, filed suit Oct. 14 against Berwyn-based Dickson Gabbay Young Inc. and partner James Young, and James A. Donegan and his Wayne security firm, Donegan Security Associates.

Lindauer worked at Dickson Gabbay Young Inc. as an administrative assistant. The lawsuit says Young's conduct was "vicariously liable for the indecent assault and battery and intentional infliction of mental distress that was inflicted on the plaintiff."

Because of Young's behavior, the lawsuit says, Lindauer quit her job in

December 1991 and filed a complaint with the Pennsylvania Human Relations

Commission against the firm and Young. That complaint is being investigated, said Lindauer's attorney, Lawrence Sager.

"We believe that it's a dastardly thing that was done," Sager said.

"It's a clear case of sexual harassment."

Young declined to comment on the lawsuit. Neither Donegan nor his attorney returned phone calls.

The lawsuit alleges Young kissed Lindauer, grabbed her around the waist, touched her on several occasions despite her protests and made sexual advances toward her. The suit also says that Young once asked Lindauer to get a second message system on her office telephone so he could leave her "special messages." He also called from Europe and asked her about her sex life, the suit says.

As a result of the complaint to the Human Relations Commission, the lawsuit said, Young hired Donegan to investigate the personal lives of the Lindauer and her husband.

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