Sexual Misconduct

Colonial Williamsburg plays defense in sexual harassment retaliation lawsuit

Colonial Williamsburg plays defense in sexual harassment retaliation lawsuit

A Williamsburg woman and former employee of the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation alleges the nonprofit group retaliated against her for reporting sexual harassment in the workplace decades ago, but the foundation said in court filings there’s strong legal precedent on their side.

In a lawsuit filed in the United States District Court of Eastern Virginia, Vernell Sutherland, 71, alleges her job applications were “red-flagged” in retaliation for reporting workplace sexual harassment when she worked for the foundation in the 1990s.

Federal court filings from Nov. 8 show Sutherland’s attorneys have pushed for a jury trial before a district court judge instead of arbitration with...

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