Nibert says she was told to ignore the inappropriate comments.
The sexual harassment continued, including through the Wells Fargo instant messaging system, the lawsuit says.
(You know the old saying about not, um, where you eat.) But as more Americans postpone marriage until their careers are established—and as hours get longer, with smartphones blurring work and play—it makes sense that attitudes are changing.
"Older generations saw work as a separate place," says Renee Cowan, Ph.
She continued working but went on disability leave again from May 31 to July 18, 2016, having been approved for short-term disability benefits under the Wells Fargo Short-Term Disability Plan.
Sarah, a 30-year-old graphic designer, met Matt through a colleague at the imaging tech company where they both worked.
In 2013, when she returned from a medical leave during her pregnancy, Nibert learned the man was now her direct manager and assigned her the cubicle directly in front of him, the lawsuit claims.
Nibert’s husband encouraged her to report the man to human resources.
He texted her on her personal phone at odd hours, asking if she was in the shower “because he said he loved thinking of her naked in the shower,” according to the lawsuit. District Court in Charlotte on Tuesday against Wells Fargo Bank.
He tried to hug her as she left work and asked her to wear skirts or dresses to work so he could “sneak her into a storage room,” according to the lawsuit. Nibert wants her job back and an unspecified amount of money for “emotional distress” and lost wages and benefits.
Eventually Matt asked Sarah on a date, and they talked for so long that the sushi restaurant had to kick them out.
"We took things slowly because we were both very aware that we worked in the same office," she remembers.
D., an assistant professor at the University of Texas at San Antonio who studies office relationships.