Since my posting yesterday on the sexual harassment incident involving Santa Claus and a 33-year-old woman, there has been lots of feedback in blogs and newspapers. Time for a brief update:
First, the woman who allegedly groped Santa Claus spoke to the media and has professed her innocence. According to a Danbury News-Times report:
"I don’t know what’s going on. I don’t know if he was confused, it was a false report," Sandrama Lamy, 33, said this morning.
"I did not sit on his lap. A woman there said ‘Be careful, that’s my husband.’ I said ‘What does that have to do with the picture?’" Lamy said. "That’s all I said, and I left."
"Why would I do this? There were so many people there. If he (Santa) needed a few extra bucks I would have given it to him," Lamy said. "I’ve never been involved in a crime or anything. This is shocking to me."
She’s scheduled to appear in court on January 3, 2008. The newspaper was unable to get a copy of the photo.
Second, a number of other blogs have commented on this as well, including Abovethelaw.com (thanks David!), ABA Journal (thanks Martha!), HR World, and The Word on Employment Law. All are worth checking out for their own little spins on the story.
Third, The Hartford Courant reports today on the perils of being Santa Claus with additional stories.
The allegedly groped and pied Santas, however, have nothing on the St. Nick who was riding in a helicopter recently over Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Authorities said drug traffickers mistook Santa’s chopper for a police operation and fired several rounds at the aircraft. No one was hurt, but two bullet holes were found in the fuselage, according to wire reports.
None of this can be good for Santa’s spirits.
Happy Holidays, indeed.
UPDATE: Shortly after posting this, the Ohio Employer’s Law Blog also put up a very informative post and link to an article about harassment by non-employees. And Above the Law did a followup as well.