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derogatory comments regarding Vickers' sexual preferences and activities, frequently
calling Vickers a "fag," "gay," and other derogatory names, playing tape-recorded
conversations in the office during which Vickers was ridiculed for being homosexual,
subjecting Vickers to vulgar gestures, placing irritants and chemicals in Vickers' food and
other personal property, using the nickname "Kiss" for Vickers, and making lewd
remarks suggesting that Vickers provide them with sexual favors.
Vickers also asserts that on several occasions, he was physically harassed by his coworkers. According to his complaint, on October 20, 2002, Vickers and Mueller were
conducting handcuff training. Dixon handcuffed Vickers and then simulated sex with
Vickers while Anderson photographed this incident. Vickers downloaded the digital
picture and placed it in his mailbox, *760 intending to take it home later, but it was
removed from his mailbox. Vickers contends that a few days later, Dixon's wife, a nurse
at Grant Medical Center, faxed the picture to FMC's Registration Center, where several
people saw it. Vickers further contends that the picture was hanging up in a window at
FMC on January 15, 2003, where FMC officers, staff and visitors could see it. On other
occasions, Vickers' co-workers repeatedly touched his crotch with a tape measure,
grabbed Vickers' chest while making derogatory comments, tried to shove a sanitary 150 napkin in Vickers' face, and simulated sex with a stuffed animal and then tried to push the
stuffed animal into Vickers' crotch.
Vickers considered reporting the harassment he was experiencing to FMC's VicePresident or President but asserts that Anderson confronted Vickers before he reported
the harassment, telling him that reporting the harassment would be futile, as it would not
change the work environment. Vickers spoke with Anderson, Dixon, and Mueller several
other times about the harassment, but no action appears to have been taken. In April
2003, Vickers retained a lawyer to aid him in dealing with the harassment he was
experiencing on the job. Vickers' attorney met with FMC representatives, at which time
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This note was uploaded on 09/30/2012 for the course ENC 102 taught by Professor Deria during the Spring '08 term at FIU.
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