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Paula Powell: Complains of Sexual Harassment; Ordered to Write Essay on Improving Her Attitude, She Says

Paula Powell says she was working in the corporate offices of Waco's Assisted Living Centers for a little more than three years before she began being sexually harassed by a supervisor.

She complained to the company about the behavior, she says in a lawsuit, and the company took action: She was ordered to "write an essay describing the things [she] could do to change her attitude toward her supervisor."

And she was told "her job was dependent on this essay," she claims.

Hard as it may be to believe, things deteriorated from there to the point where she was fired and filed a lawsuit.

Powell says the harassment she complained of included the following:

-- Sexual gestures toward [her]

-- Inappropriate leering

-- Comments about engaging in sexual relations; and

-- Inappropriate touching

The federal suit says "Powell rebuked the supervisor's actions on nearly every occasion" to no avail. She said the supervisor began yelling at her and assigning her extra tasks.

There's no figure for the monetary damages being sought. Assisted Living Centers has not yet responded to the suit in court documents; we've put in a call to them and will update if they have any response.

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