A Los Angeles, California police sergeant employed as a security guard and body guard working for musician Elton John has filed a lawsuit against the celebrity, claiming he was a victim of repeated incidents of sexual harassment, sexual battery, and battery while under his employ from 2002 through 2014. In the lawsuit, the plaintiff alleges that John, whose legal name is Reginald Kenneth Dwight, caused him physical, mental, and emotional injuries, lost wages, and medical costs from his repeated attempts to touch, sexually harass, and verbally assault him.
According to the lawsuit, the plaintiff alleges that these incidents occurred while he was transporting Elton John to and from his residence and the airport. He asserts that despite his repeated verbal and physical protests and efforts to resist continued advances, John continued his harassment and inappropriately touched and attempted to touch his genitals while continuously making unsuitable and highly offensive remarks. The plaintiff claims that these actions caused him severe physical and emotional damage, and were inflicted with malice by the defendant with the intent to cause fear.
Lawyers for Elton John deny the allegations and claim that the plaintiff is a disgruntled employee attempting to collect undeserved compensation. They also allege that the plaintiff has repeatedly contradicted his statements in his continued attempts to abuse the legal system. The Los Angeles Police Department has confirmed that the plaintiff is currently employed by them and was awarded a Medal of Valor in 2007.
Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 makes it unlawful for an employer to sexually harass or inappropriately touch an employee, or allow a hostile work environment that results from sexual harassment. The federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) enforces the laws under Title VII which classifies sexual harassment as a form of sexual discrimination. State laws exist and vary, but offer further protection from sexual harassment and sex discrimination in the workplace.
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