Ex-clinic worker files harassment suit

March 07, 1993|By Dennis O'Brien | Dennis O'Brien,Staff Writer

A woman who worked at a Glen Burnie counseling center has sued her former boss for $6 million, claiming he sexually harassed her by sending her flowers and notes and implying she would go further in her career if she responded to his advances.

Patricia A. Willis of the 100 block of Second Ave., Glen Burnie, charges in the suit filed Friday in Anne Arundel Circuit Court that Raymond B. Farrow continuously tried to induce her into a sexual relationship.

She claimed that her "salary was decreased and that she was forced to resign her position because of her refusal to submit to the sexual advances."

Mr. Farrow, president and executive director of the Creative Counseling Center at 30 Greenway, N.W., referred calls to his lawyer, Harold Murnane, who declined comment.

According to the suit, Ms. Willis was hired in February 1989 aclinical director of addiction services, with her contract being renewed every six months.

"From the onset of her employment . . . Raymond B. Farrow began to make explicit sexual comments, often in written form, sexual inferences and sexual advances to the plaintiff which included cards, flowers, letters and notes," the suit claims.

The suit alleges that Mr. Farrow reduced Ms. Willis' salary after she refused his advances in June 1990, again in 1991 and 1992. The second time he cited financial difficulties.

But at the same time, Mr. Farrow was paying other employees with less experience and education higher salaries, the suit says.

In a rambling, three-page letter attached to the complaint, Mr. Farrow wrote, "You are admired from this end. But you know that. I think you are beautiful. But you know that. I have said many times that I am happy for the stroke of fate that brought you here."

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