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Tuesday, December 10, 2019

Former Middle East Forum employee alleges sexual assault by supervisor, gender pay gap

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By Marian Johns | Nov 13, 2019

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PHILADELPHIA – The former acting director of development/program director for The Middle East Forum claims she was paid more than $34,000 less per year than her male counterpart with the same job in addition to being subjected to sexual assault and harassment by her male supervisor. 

Patricia McNulty filed a complaint Oct.27 in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania against The Middle East Forum and other individuals, alleging violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and Pennsylvania laws. 

In her suit, McNulty alleges several instances of sexual harassment and discrimination, including being sexually assaulted by her direct supervisor while on a business trip in March 2018. She also alleges Middle East Forum supervisors condoned and permitted the harassment of her and other female employees as well as the alleged harassment of several former female employees.

"The female staff and plaintiff, Patricia McNulty were subjected to a continuing hostile work environment including retaliation due to their reporting and opposing... discrimination and harassment in the workplace," the plaintiff claims in her suit. 

McNulty seeks punitive damages, a trial by jury, interest and all other just relief. She is represented by Seth Carson of the Derek Smith Law Group PLLC in Philadelphia. 

U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania case number CV-05029-AB

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