A sex-crazed boss fired a female employee for refusing to have sex with her. Fortunately for the employee, he said so in a text, which the woman saved and used as evidence in a lawsuit, the New York Post is reporting.
Geralyn Ganci endured months of sexual harassment from her boss, Raymond Townsend, while the two worked for a limousine service in Long Island, New York. The married manager sent her a never-ending stream of sleazy texts and advances, even going so far as to send a text saying that he had to “pull over to the side of the road and masturbate while thinking about” Ganci. All of this went on while Townsend’s wife worked at the same company.
In another incident, Townsend allegedly forced Ganci into a restroom and put his hand up her shirt.
At one point, according to her lawsuit, her emotional distress was so bad that she was hospitalized.
In 2009, Townsend apparently realized that he was getting nowhere with his intended target, so he fired her, via text message. In that text message, he said, plainly and clearly for the jury to eventually see, that he was firing her for refusing to have sex with him, according to court proceedings.
“The plaintiff even received another text message from Raymond Townsend which has been preserved stating that the reason plaintiff was fired was because he ‘refused to have sex with the general manager.’”
Ganci saved the text message, and filed suit, according to the Daily Mail. She asked for $5 million in damages, alleging that, among other complaints, Townsend would call her “at all hours of the day and night, during the work day and after the work day to convey disgusting, sexually suggestive, erotic and vile messages of a sexual nature.”
In 2010, a jury found Townsend and his former employer, U.S. Limousine, liable. However, it took a judge until today to hammer out the final judgment. Gianci will receive $550,000 in damages, plus another $170,000 in legal fees.
Ganci’s lawyer, Debra Wabnik, issued a brief statement praising the final decision.
“We are pleased with the jury verdict and to have gotten justice for Ms. Ganci.”
As of this post, the manager who fired an employee via text for refusing to have sex with her has not been reached for comment.