Charlotte, NC- District Attorney Jay Gaither denies allegations that he sexually harassed a former coworker and said his accuser

Nicole Shaffer who now serves as district attorney for the Transylvania and Counties filed her lawsuit last week in which she accuses Gaither of sexually harassing and groping her. In the suit, Shaffer said Gaither would should up at her office when he knew she would be alone and used his power to

The 50-page complaint details an incident in 2013 when Gaither insisted she go out to dinner with her. During the course of the dinner, Shaffer alleges Gaither put his hand on her leg and began to move his hand up her thighs.

Shafer said she told him to stop, which he did, but over the next few days Gaither allegedly continued to send her inappropriate texts. One of those texts allegedly said, “I’ve laid hands on you and love the feel of your body,” WSOC-TV reported.

Shaffer resigned several days after she began receiving the inappropriate texts.

Her lawsuit also detailed incidents in which Shaffer felt physically intimidated by Gaither, who was a former wrestler. In one incident Gaither told her he loved the show Vikings because Vikings weren’t afraid to kill for what they believed.

In the lawsuit, Shaffer noted that there was no Human Resources department and no sexual harassment policies in place in Gaither’s office.

Shaffer’s suit alleges that Gaither spread lies and rumors about her in an effort to intimidate her and cover the sexual harassment.

The lawsuit also accuses Gaither of driving while intoxicated and using his position to attain legal favors for friends and family.

For his part, Gaither denies the allegations and said Shaffer’s suit is politically motivated. Gaither said Shaffer was “caught in bed with a local defense attorney by his wife. As a result she was forced to leave my office and since then she has carried out a vendetta against me.”

He accuses Shaffer of trying to “salvage her reputation” by smearing his name and filing this lawsuit. Gaither also pointed out that the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission declined to pursue her case.

Shaffer is suing for punitive damages but didn’t ask for a specific amount.

Accusing someone of sexual harassment is not easy to do because the victims are aware how easily the tables can be turned. As we can see with the case between Shaffer and Gaither, both sides can hurl accusations and finding out the truth can be very difficult.

In order to present a convincing case, sexual harassment victims need someone on their side well-versed in the complexities of a sexual harassment case. Proving the harassment actually occurred is the biggest challenge facing a victim and no one is more capable of providing that proof than a sexual harassment attorney.

If you face sexual harassment at work, you need to take action and contact a sexual harassment attorney. With their help you can build a strong case which can result in a favorable settlement