A former secretary in the Davis County Health Department has filed a $1 million sexual harassment suit against Director Enrico A. Leopardi, the county and the county personnel director.
Julie Vicknair alleges in the suit that she was subjected to "unwelcome verbal and physical conduct of a sexual nature" from the director after becoming his executive secretary in October 1987.The suit was filed in U.S. District Court in Salt Lake City.
Leopardi could not be reached for comment on Saturday.
Vicknair alleges Leopardi committed "sexual advances . . . unwanted touching of a sexual nature . . . (and) suggestions that clothing be worn which would result in a more appealing image of a sexual nature."
She also claims alleges she was ordered to "go into defendant Leopardi's clothes pockets to retrieve items while he was wearing the clothes."
The plaintiff claims Personnel Director G. Steven Baker retaliated against her for "making issue of the sexual harassment." The suit charges Vicknair was transferred into a job for which she was expected to do non-paid Saturday work, and then made to load and unload bulk cheese into and out of delivery trucks.
She claims the change in work assignments was an attempt to force her to resign.