San Jose, CA- The former chief of staff for San Jose City Councilman Pierluigi Oliverio filed a lawsuit against her ex-boss accusing him of calling her offensive names, causing her “emotional distress.”

“Oliverio’s harassment of plaintiff was severe, pervasive and unwelcome,” the suit says, according to the San Jose Mercury News.

The plaintiff, Denelle Fedor, alleges her boss repeatedly called her “bitch” and other offensive names. She alleges Oliverio subjected her to “discrimination, harassment and retaliation” based on her gender, the Mercury News reported. However, the lawsuit is short of specifics and details about the harassment.

The suit does say that Oliverio’s behavior caused Fedor “emotional distress,” “loss of wages,” and “medical expenses.”

Fedor is seeking punitive and compensatory damages in an unspecified amount. The city of San Jose and Oliverio are both named as defendants in the suit.

Oliverio denies the allegations and the city told the Mercury News they plan to “vigorously defend” Oliverio against the charges.

The city conducted an investigation of Fedor’s complaints in 2013, but did not disclose the findings.

Sexual harassment has no place in the workplace and employers must take the necessary steps to stop when it comes to their attention. If they don’t, something that happens all too often, the victim should speak with a sexual harassment attorney to discuss their case and determine their best route for a successful outcome.

Sexual harassment claims in California politics are by no means rare. Who could forget Former San Diego Mayor Bob Filner. He was accused of harassing nearly 18 women, was charged with battery and is currently on house arrest. He’s been banned from politics indefinitely and destroyed the reputation he built up over decades. San Diego has settled most of the lawsuits stemming from Filner’s grossly inappropriate behavior and

Last fall, a woman who worked as chief of staff for Los Angeles City Councilman Jose Huizar, filed a suit against the city and her boss alleging he “conditioned” her employment of sexual favors, persistently pursuing her, sending her texts and showing up at her home. Huizar’s accuser agreed to a settlement earlier this month but the funds won’t come from the city.

Huizar denied the sexual harassment but did say he and his former employee had an affair—they are both married. Settling the allegations privately kept the prurient details from being aired publically and resulted in the lawsuit being dismissed.

Many sexual harassment cases are settled before long before the case heads to court. They are handled through negotiations between all the involved parties. Businesses often see this as the most cost effective and expedient way to handle employment discrimination cases. That doesn’t mean the victim can handle negotiations on their own. They need a sexual harassment attorney adept at handling negotiations to speak for them in these very important talks. Having a practiced employment attorney on your team can ensure you have strong case that results fair compensation for your distress.