Sacramento State President’s Son Subject Of Sexual Harassment Suit At School
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SACRAMENTO (CBS13) — A Sacramento State employee claims he was touched at work by another employee — the son of the school’s president — and when he complained, no one did a thing.
The civil lawsuit filed in March paints a picture of sexual harassment inside Sacramento State’s University Development Department.
An employee of the department named Jeffrey Sharp claims he rejected unwanted advances by Alexander Gonzalez, Jr., the son of university president Alexander Gonzalez.
Sharp claims in his lawsuit that the younger Gonzalez “touched [him] inappropriately, threatened to touch and simulated touching.” He also “maneuvered in ways to be physically close to [Sharp], to look and stare at [Sharp], and to be assigned to supervise [Sharp].”
Sharp says no matter who he complained to, or how many times he did, his supervisors failed to stop the harassment, or even turned a blind eye.
Sharp also says he was retaliated against, demoted and denied pay raises and promotions.
While the older Gonzalez is still president of the school, his son is no longer working there. When asked when he left, a university spokesperson said she not know.
CBS13 asked to sit down with the Sacramento State president. Instead, we received this statement from Sacramento State’s spokesperson:
“The chancellor’s office in Long Beach investigated Mr. Sharp’s complaints, and concluded that he was not subject to harassment, or retaliation in violation of university policy. The University and Mr. Gonzalez, Jr. have filed an answer to the complaint denying the allegations, and their counsel is actively defending the case.”
Sharp still works for the university, but in a different department.