This never would have happened in the Mad Men days.
Harris County has agreed to fork over $31,450 to settle a lawsuit from a former employee who says she was sexually harassed by a supervisor.
Among the supervisor's acknowledged offenses, according to court documents: saying "gals should wear Daisy Duke shorts, lime-green halter tops and thigh-high boots."
Offense the first: "Gals." Fellas, if you're declaring your deeply held beliefs on what women should wear and the first word in the sentence is "gals," things are only going to go downhill from there.
Offense the second: "Daisy Duke shorts." While one can understand the appeal to some men, as office attire such shorts are hardly practical. And face it, not every woman can pull it off.
Offense the third: "Lime-green halter tops." Why lime-green? Did this guy have a well-endowed babysitter as a kid who wore that color all the time? It's just a tad too specific a request, and edging into creepy territory. As if some supervisor spouting off like an idiot about half-naked women isn't creepy enough.
Offense the fourth: "Thigh-high boots." Okay, dude, your dominatrix-lovin' side is showing a little too much. Go and lick some boots on your own time. And really, thigh-high boots kind of defeats the purpose of Daisy Duke shorts, right?
We can only hope he didn't specify lime-green boots.
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The county also forked over $400,000, by the way, to settle a suit by a sheriff's deputy was was disciplined for not shaving. The deputy suffers from a skin condition that requires him to have a light beard in order to prevent irritation. The county has since amended its policy to allow medical exemptions to the no-frggin'-beards policy.
We've got a call in to the assistant county attorney who handled the cases; we'll update if we hear from him.
Update: The county settled the Daisy Duke case, without admitting liability, because it was cheaper than litigating it, an attorney in the office said. The county had to hire an outside law firm because the woman making the complaint had been the "HR point person" who was the liaison between her office and the county attorney. The supervisor is still employed by the county, but no longer in a supervisory position,
The beard case became pretty much untenable after new Sheriff Adrian Garcia changed the policy, admitting more or less that the previous one was flawed.