Roanoke, VA – A former Virginia Tech employee has settled a sexual harassment lawsuit with her supervisor.
The victim, Getra Hanes, alleged her supervisor considered a five-day training session to be “an extended date.” Hanes, who worked as a fundraiser for the university, will receive $60,00in the settlement. Hanes also has another lawsuit pending against Tech. That lawsuit also involves Shana Maron, another employee of the Office of University Development. The women claim they were paid less than their male co-workers because of the fact that they are women.
A jury in April found that Tech did in fact discriminate against the women based on their gender. Maron was awarded $86,000 in the settlement and Hanes $15,000. But Judge James Turk later threw out the verdict, saying the evidence during a four-day trial favored Tech’s explanation that it paid fundraisers on the basis of experience, not gender.
A second trial is scheduled for January. In the sexual harassment lawsuit, Hanes accuses her former supervisor, Robert Bailey Jr., of making repeated sexual comments to her during a five-day training trip to Maryland in 2007. Hanes also claims that Bailey held her to different professional standards than = male employees, and fired her when she complained about the sexual harassment.
Hanes claims that while on the way to the training session, Bailey told her that he was uncomfortable travelling with a young attractive woman and then asked her if she was dating anyone. Larry Hincker, a spokesman for Tech, said the school has not admitted any wrongdoing as part of the settlement. The settlement was made in the interest of both parties to avoid any further time being lost or any other expenses by avoiding further time and expense.
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