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February-05-97

EEOC Judge Recommends Army Pay $300,000 to Sexually Harassed Employee

Equal Employment Opportunity Commission administrative judge Ann Holler has recommended that the Army pay $300,000 in damages plus medical and legal costs to a former employee of Fort Bliss who alleges that an Army Colonel harassed her. Peggy Graham has alleged that Colonel Allen Hasbrouck forced her to submit to sexual acts over a six year span starting in 1988. Hasbrouck told her she would lose her job if she did not comply. The Army, which had conducted its own internal investigation, sent the Colonel a letter of reprimand and an order for early retirement. The Army maintains it is not liable for damages because Graham entered into the relationship "voluntarily" and did not follow established internal procedures to make her complaint.

Media Resources: The Washington Post - February 5, 1997