Joseph Jackson was a 41-year-old man hired to work as the executive assistant to the CEO of Open Communications, a digital strategy firm. He was fired after making three formal complaints to the CEO about unwanted advances and touching perpetrated on him by two female supervisors.
According to Jackson, he endured nearly seven months of verbal come-ones and unwanted touching from two of his female supervisors. Not only did he complain to CEO John Morris about the sexual harassment, but Morris actually was able to witness it himself, still choosing to take no action against the women. Instead, the CEO merely rolled his eyes.
Sally O’Dowd, the 45-year-old co-founder of the Manhattan-based firm allegedly wrapped her arms around Jackson several times, whispering in his ear that he was “so handsome,” “so awesome,” and “so talented.” He claims she also kissed him on the neck. He says after that incident, which took place at a company birthday party, he was so distraught he had to leave. Jackson says O’Dowd continued inappropriate verbal and physical harassment by touching his abs, massaging his arms and kissing his neck while telling him how “sexy” he was.
Meanwhile, 25-year-old Katie Campisano was also allegedly making unwanted sexual advances towards Jackson. She texted him things like, “When are we going to have our bang sesh?” and, “You may be easier to bang when we’re not co-workers.”
After three formal complaints against the women, nothing was done to remedy the situation. On February 21, Jackson was fired from his job. He believes he was fired for reporting the sexual harassment. He filed his sexual harassment suit three days later in Manhattan Supreme Court.
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