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“Criminal Minds” Cameraman Sues For Sexual Harassment

July 29th, 2019 Victoria Breese

A cameraman working on the TV show “Criminal Minds” has sued his employer for sexual harassment. He alleges that the Director of Photography, Greg St. Johns, touched him sexually 2 to 3 times weekly during filming. This cameraman, Todd Durboraw, is specifically suing St. Johns, ABC Studios, CBS, Warner Brothers, and Entertainment Partners Enterprises.  

Graphic Harassment On TV Set

Durboraw’s lawsuit describes the graphic sexual assault he allegedly endured in the workplace. In one instance, while Durboraw was squatting down, St. Johns came up behind him and touched his groin and buttocks. In other instances, St. Johns would grab and flick Durboraw’s nipples. The lawsuit also alleges that Durboraw was retaliated against for resisting this harassment. For example, he was prevented from taking time off work to care for his daughter’s life-threatening illness. Additionally, his supervisor suggested that if he took a promotion, he would be fired. Durboraw claims that employees who accepted harassment from St. Johns were rewarded at work with special benefits.

Sexual Harassment In The Workplace

Although we typically think of sexual harassment as a women’s issue in the #MeToo era, men also deal with this issue in the workplace. Men have the same rights under the law as women when it comes to this issue. Legally, harassment can include unwanted sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical sexual acts. Both the victim and harasser can be either gender. Additionally, harassment can occur between members of the same gender. Harassment in the workplace becomes illegal when it is so frequent or severe that it creates a hostile or offensive workplace environment. Harassment is also illegal when it results in an adverse employment decision (such as the victim’s termination).

Male Victims Of Sexual Harassment

Male victims of sexual harassment face a unique set of challenges. With the #MeToo era in full force, we often hear stories of women who have suffered from sexual harassment in the workplace. However, we rarely hear prominent stories of male victims. Men often feel pressure to “toughen up” and “take it like a man.” Men often don’t want to publicly share their abuse because they don’t want to appear weak. However, no one, regardless of gender, should have to face sexual harassment in the workplace. If you are a man who has experienced harassment at work, you should seek out an experienced employment attorney as soon as possible. 

Seek Legal Assistance

If you have experienced sexual harassment in the workplace, seek legal assistance today. The Working Solutions Law Firm, located in New York City, can assist you. Contact us today at (646) 430-7930 to schedule a free case evaluation and receive experienced legal counsel. You do not pay unless we win.