Recent sexual harassment charges leveled against Harvey Weinstein, Donald Trump, Roy Moore, Roger Ailes, Bill O’Reilly, Matt Lauer, Kevin Spacey, Charlie Rose and several other well-known men may come to impact sexual harassment lawsuits filed against others. Before the national tumult that began with the Weinstein allegations, a sexual harassment lawsuit was quietly filed in Texas against the head of an investment firm in Fort Worth.
The local lawsuit was filed in May 2017 against Chairman Dale Rogers on behalf of Megan Raetz. Ms. Raetz was hired as an administrative assistant by Rogers Wealth Group in December 2014. Her lawsuit petition charges, “[Ms. Raetz] was told she should be overly attentive to Dale Rogers and to dress as he asked.”
Unwanted Advances Alleged
Dale Rogers later “promoted” Ms. Raetz to his personal assistant and gave her a raise. The petition details 18 specific, unwanted advances allegedly made my Mr. Rogers. The complaint further states: “As his personal assistant, she was told to sit for pictures in his office, which she refused, and to escort him to and from his car, always allowing him to walk behind her and make comments about the fit of her clothes and her back side.”
Ms. Raetz also claims in the lawsuit petition that Mr. Rogers made weekly unwanted comments to Ms. Raetz, which included, “You make those pants look good,” and, “You probably have knee high leather boots in your trunk,” and “You must dominate the [soccer] field, and probably dominate a lot of other things.”
Mr. Rogers would also text her after work hours, according to Ms. Raetz’ charges. He would also offer to buy her clothes if she would wear them for him, proposition her for trips to Las Vegas on his private jet, and make “constant sexual innuendo that he wanted more.”
The petition also alleges that Mr. Rogers would touch Ms. Raetz “inappropriately.” Mr. Rogers is also accused in the petition of putting “his whole palm on her buttock, leaving it there until she moved away.”
The petition further states that on multiple occasions, “Mr. Rogers trapped [Ms. Raetz] between
desks with his body.” It says he once shut the door to her office and began to ask what she was doing after work, then “offered her money for dinner and drinks and told her not to tell anyone, especially her husband.”
Ms. Raetz also alleges in her petition that she complained to three different supervisors. All told her not to make it a big deal of it or else they ignored her complaints altogether.
Ms. Raetz charges that she was disciplined in the spring of 2016 for a “bad attitude,” then quit the job soon thereafter.
Mr. Rogers Response
An attorney for Dale Rogers generally denied the allegations in his official response filed with the court in June 2017. Attorney George Haratsis noted: “Defendant denies Plaintiff was restrained or touched in the manner alleged in her pleadings, in the event Plaintiff proves there was such restraint or touching, Defendant invokes the defense of consent.”
A Second Sex Harassment Lawsuit Filed
A second woman also employed by Rogers Wealth Group has filed a separate, nearly identical harassment lawsuit against the company and Chairman Dale Rogers.
Sexual Harassment Lawsuit filed in Texas
The sexual harassment trial for plaintiff Megan Raetz is scheduled to be heard by a jury in the summer of 2018.
• Sexual Harassment Lawsuit filed in Texas