Woman Who Refused to Date Boss Files Lawsuit After Being Fired

Colleen D. Vesper filed a sexual harassment and retaliation lawsuit in Madison County Circuit Court against Illinois Thoroughbred Breeders and Owners Foundation (ITBOF) and its president, Gary Moore.

Vesper, who had been working at the ITBOF since 1993, was fired in April 2007 because she allegedly refused to date Moore.  Vesper claims that, beginning in 2006, Moore had repeatedly expressed his desire to be involved romantically with her, but Vesper told Moore each time that she was not interested in an intimate relationship with him.

The lawsuit states that, after having rejected his romantic overtures, “Defendant Moore created a hostile work environment for Plaintiff, sought to degrade, belittle and humiliate her in front of other ITBOF employees, Board Members and members of the foundation who owned or bred thoroughbreds.”

Source: The Madison St. Clair Record

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