Former Atlanta City employee alleges sexual harassment at court - CBS46 News

Former Atlanta City employee alleges sexual harassment at court

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A former City of Atlanta employee has filed a complaint alleging sexual harassment at the Atlanta Municipal Court.

Kelly Oliviera said she was thrilled to land a job as a Data Entry Clerk in 2010. However, the new college graduate's joy quickly soured when she said Horace Wyatt, the Court Operations Director, began sexually harassing her. "I have this overwhelming feeling of disappointment; I'm just sad a lot."

According to Eleanor Attwood, representing Oliviera, "The harassment ranged from sexually charged, lewd comments and questions about body parts to actual touching."

Oliviera said she reported the sexual harassment to Wyatt's supervisor, Christopher Patterson, the Court Administrator. Crystal Gaines, who at that time served as Acting Chief Judge, is also named in the complaint as possibly being the senior official in charge of discipline.

Oliviera said nothing was done. "So many people knowing at such a high level, it's just astonishing that nobody would help; not one person."

The City of Atlanta Law Department released the following written statement: "Although the City of Atlanta Law Department does not comment on the specifics of pending litigation, it is important to note that the information made public consists only of Ms. Oliviera's misleading version of the story. As the litigation progresses and more facts are revealed, we are confident that the City of Atlanta and the individual Defendants will be fully vindicated."

A secretary who works for Judge Gaines told CBS46 Gaines was not familiar with the case.

Wyatt told CBS46, "I'm not obliged to comment on that. It's a pending case."

Oliviera said she also, unsuccessfully, tried to transfer to a new department.

"After she actually notifies court personnel of this conduct, her career, which was on an upward projector, took a pretty quick downward spiral," said Attwood.

Oliviera said after enduring more than a year-and-a-half of sexual harassment, she took leave due to stress. She was fired a few months later. She said she now wants justice. "If they can implement the right policies, so someone else doesn't have to go through this."

The complaint has been filed with in the U.S. District Court as well as with the Department of Justice.

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