HR Strange But True!
March 22, 2007

We search high and low for the best stories to bring to you via HR Strange but True! each week. In some weeks, like this one, there are just so many strong contenders that choosing the three best is difficult. However, when a lawsuit includes allegations that a female supervisor was a "lipstick bandit" and took the hands-on approach to management a little too literally, there's a pretty good chance that it will make the cut.

The New York Daily News reports that female employees at the Human Resources Administration in New York City have filed a lawsuit accusing supervisor Serena Reaves-Cain of harassing them by planting kisses on their cheeks, chasing them around desks, and spanking them.

The women say they nicknamed the supervisor the "lipstick bandit" because Reaves-Cain left behind lipstick marks when she kissed them on the cheek.

The lawsuit also alleges that Reaves-Cain pulled down the shirt of a female employee to expose her breasts in an attempt to show that she could pose for a calendar of scantily clad women that Reaves-Cain had proposed to raise money, the Daily News reports.

The women say the agency failed to act when they complained about Reaves-Cain's behavior. In the lawsuit, the women seek unspecified damages.

The city tells the newspaper, which was unable to reach Reaves-Cain for comment, that it is reviewing the lawsuit.

"We have just received the legal papers and will be reviewing them thoroughly," says Georgia Pestana, the head of the city Law Department's Labor and Law Employment Division.

The Human Resources Administration provides a range of social service programs to New Yorkers.

Source: New York Daily News

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