CHARLESTON – A Fayette County woman is suing the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources after she claims she was sexually harassed by another employee.

John Bracken, an employee of WVDNR, was also named as a defendant in the suit.

Megan Flinn started working for the defendant at Hawks Nest in January 2010, according to a complaint filed Dec. 13 in Kanawha Circuit Court.

Flinn claims she endured persistent and constant sexual comments, questions, graphic sexual jokes and/or other forms of severe sexual harassment from Bracken.

The WVDNR knew or should have known of the ongoing problems with Bracken, according to the suit.

Flinn claims Bracken would also slam objects onto things to scare employees and would poke them in their heads with his finger or hit them in the back of the head, despite being asked on multiple occasions to stop.

Bracken created a hostile work environment; discriminated against Flinn because of her gender; sexually harassed her; and violated the West Virginia Human Rights Act, according to the suit.

Flinn is seeking compensatory and punitive damages. She is being represented by Thomas A. Rist.

The case has been assigned to Circuit Judge Tod J. Kaufman.

Kanawha Circuit Court case number: 12-C-2445

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