Woman Sues Estee Lauder Exec for Harassment

Estee Lauder employee Barbara Gretzen filed a $1 million sexual harassment against a top male executive of the company on January 14 in Manhattan Supreme Court. Gretzen’s suit alleges that she had to take a job in another division at a lower salary in order to avoid unwanted sexual advances by Aramis men’s division president Robert Nielsen. According to Gretzen’s suit, Nielsen allegedly told Gretzen that he had an erotic dream about her and had “sexual thoughts” about her constantly. Gretzen alleges that Nielsen cost her a promotion to executive assistant for Estee Lauder chairman Leonard Lauder and also relinquished the possibility of a promotion to marketing after Gretzen told her his unwanted advances made her uncomfortable.


Reuters- January 15, 1997

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