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Woman claims boss made her hug him daily, touched her inappropriately

An Oak Park woman who claims her district manager made her hug him each day before leaving work has filed a federal lawsuit against her former employer.

Eugenia Brown began working as an insurance sales agent at Transamerica Insurance in west suburban Hillside in November 2012. During Brown’s employment, her district manager would grab her buttocks, rub her shoulders, send inappropriate text messages and show up to her home uninvited, according to the suit.

In one incident, Brown’s manager would comment on her clothing through Facebook, where he remarked, “ … with that skirt, I had to keep it together,” the suit said.

In May 2013, the manager showed up to Brown’s home unannounced and asked if he could use Brown’s bathroom, the suit said. Once inside, he pinned Brown against the wall and tried to move her to her bedroom by pressing his body against hers while attempting to kiss her with his tongue, the lawsuit said.

The harassment continued until Brown resigned on July 1, 2013, according to the suit.

Brown reported the harassment both during and after her employment, but no action was taken, the suit said.

The seven-count suit claims sexual harassment and seeks unspecified damages.