Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Former McGowan Brothers Employee Alleges Discrimination, Sexual Harassment in New Lawsuit

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Former McGowan Brothers Employee Alleges Discrimination, Sexual Harassment in New Lawsuit

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A former employee of McGowan Brothers Development Corp., a prominent downtown St. Louis building owner and developer, has sued the company and its owner, Tim McGowan, alleging discrimination, sexual harassment and a hostile work environment.

In the suit filed Tuesday in St. Louis Circuit Court, Jamie Alvers said she worked as an executive assistant and accounts manager for the company since early 2006 and she alleges she was subjected to a hostile and offensive work environment based on her sex, which was perpetuated and condoned by Tim McGowan.

Specifically, the suit alleges, McGowan made jokes about Alvers' breast augmentation, asked her to kiss other people, presented her with cash and told her where to shop for clothing, touched her buttocks under and over her clothing, asked her if she ever thought "what could have been" between the two, and drove her to a gentleman's club without her permission.

The harassment, the suit alleges, concluded in May 2017 when during a performance review, McGowan told a postpartum Alvers she would not get a performance-based raise due to her breast pumping and nursing status. …

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