Facebook Protest Cost Her a Job, Woman Says

     TOPEKA, Kan. (CN) – A medical technician claims she was fired after posting on Facebook that her boss needed to “keep his creepy hands off” her. She says she resorted to Facebook after suffering sexual harassment for years, and assault and battery.

     In her federal complaint, Sara DeBord claims her supervisor Leonard Weaver constantly made inappropriate sexual comments and even pulled down the front of her shirt to look at her breasts.
     DeBord says she always made it clear to Weaver that his actions were inappropriate, but his unwelcome touching continued almost daily during her employment with Mercy Health System of Kansas, from March 2004 to July 2009.
     On July 6, 2009, she says, Weaver tried to hug her while she sat in her work area. That prompted her to post the comment on Facebook, which Weaver reported to the hospital’s human resources department, according to the complaint.
     On July 9, DeBord says, she was suspended for one day for her Facebook post. Also that day, DeBord says, hospital management questioned her about her sexual harassment complaints.
     On July 13, DeBord says, she was fired for “disruption.”
     DeBord claims Weaver sexually harassed other women at the hospital, including an X-ray technician who resigned because of the harassment.
     DeBord seeks damages for civil rights violations, sexual harassment, retaliation and assault and battery. She is represented by Mark Buchanan of The Popham Law Firm in Kansas City, Mo.

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