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Sexual harassment allegations lead to resignation of VFV employee

A man employed by Veterans of Foreign Wars in Florida has recently resigned from his position after female co-workers spoke out about repeated misconduct. There were four auxiliary employees with the VFW who came forward and reported that he committed sexual harassment multiple times. While he did step down from his position as VFW Quartermaster, he denies doing anything wrong.

There has been in internal investigation into the accusations, and the determination was that claims made by the women were credible. The women claim the man made various unwanted sexual advances toward them between the years of 2012 and 2019. Specific things mentioned in the allegations include unwanted touching, forced kissing and inappropriate comments. 

It is possible there were problems with the VFW's investigation into the allegations. One attorney who has a background in military service says that there was not a full in-depth look into what the women say happened to them. After the national VFW learned about the situation, they sent another attorney to investigate. After this and despite multiple reports of wrongdoing, the VFW Commander in Chief only required the accused to attend sexual harassment classes. The women were not happy with the lack of response or appropriate level of punishment, and they contacted the local media to share their story.

Sexual harassment in any type of Florida workplace is unacceptable. When a woman reports that she experienced inappropriate contact or treatment from a co-worker, she has the right to expect the supervisor or boss to take her allegations seriously. In some cases, harassment in the workplace is grounds to pursue legal action against the employer.

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