Former Miami Springs Public Works Director Called Employee "Whore," Harassed Her, Suit Says

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In May, Robert T. Williams, the director of the Miami Springs Public Works, stepped down from his position after 23 years. Asked by the Miami Herald why he was leaving so suddenly, Williams said he felt disrespected by management's attempts to privatize his department.

"There's just too much stress and friction here," he told the paper.

Turns out his resignation might have had more to do with a different type of "friction:" A female employee has accused him in court of rubbing against her, touching her inappropriately, and sexually harassing her.

In a suit filed in February, Carolyn Howard charges that he repeatedly harassed her after she became his administrator in 2009. She's also suing the City of Miami Springs for allegedly ignoring her complaints and then docking her pay and firing her in retaliation.

Attorneys for Williams and Howard did not return calls to comment on the suit; Williams also hasn't responded to a message left on his cell phone. Miami Springs officials say they cannot comment on open litigation.

Howard's accusations are graphic. The suit says Williams grabbed Howard's breasts and rubbed against her, promised her raises if she had sex with him, and showed her porn. Howard says her boss repeatedly called her a "whore," a "stripper," and "that fucking bitch with big tits," sent her cell phone pictures of his penis, and forced her to have sex with him in his office.

What's worse, Howard says the city had no interest in stopping Williams. When she finally reported his behavior in January 2010, she was told by Miami Springs officials that his "sexually explicit behaviors... 'have always been that way' and that she 'should not take any offense to it,'" according to the lawsuit.

Instead, Howard says, the city demoted her and cut her pay for speaking out, all while Williams continued to harass her. As a final punishment, she says, the city fired her in February.

Howard is seeking damages, back wages, and benefits.

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Carol Howard is not a good looking woman at all. She was never demoted, her pay was never cut. She was transferred to a different location, but her title and what department her pay came from was never changed. From what I hear,she was at home for 6 (SIX) weeks doing NO WORK and getting paid. She did bring a discriminatiion suit against Robert,which was investigatged and the suit was dismissed as there was no evidence to support it. She also was one to bring the field workers into her office and bitch at the women who worked in the field, and come on to to at least one of the guys who worked in the field. She also was caught, on video, trying run over a female worker with her VW Bug. IMO, when she realized her job was on the line, she brought up the lawsuit to postpone the inevitable. I would think tghat if a city has a problem with a supervisor harrassing women, they would want to get rid of an exempt employee as soon as possible to avoid law suit. Use your common sense people. Robert Williams has women, and good looking ones at that, almost begging to go out with him.


How come Blacks always bitch that they get "Disrespected". I guess god disrespected them when made them black.


No its just some hoe suing a nigga for money after she took the dick... Easiest way to retire early when working for the city.


This isnt sexual harassment, its SEXUAL ASSAULT !!! This guy needs to be in JAIL !!

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