KUWAIT CITY, June 7: The Wafra Real Estate, one of the investment arms of the government of Kuwait, has reportedly pre-empted the dismissal of its head of real estate acquisitions team in the United States following accusations that he sexually harassed his deputy and discriminated against her for her refusal to bow to his wishes, reports Al-Rai daily.
According to reports, the Bloomberg News Network was the first to reveal just a few days ago that Frank Lively was ousted in April after allegations by Sabine Kraut, vice-president of the Kuwait-backed firm, according to a complaint filed in New York Friday with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.
Kraut, 45, said the harassment went on for at least six years, with Frank, 63, pursuing a romantic relationship despite her refusals. She alleges he made repeated physical advances on her business trips to the Gulf region, the headquarters of Wafra, along with other trips to Europe, forcing her to change her travel accommodations, and sent her gifts and love letters.
Kraut accused her former boss in her lawsuit that he had consistently discriminated against her in career promotions because she was not responsive to his advances, and because he felt women are not worthy of higher positions.
In her lawsuit, Kraut cited a letter sent to her by him in 2012, in which he described her as “hot as firecrackers.” It was reported that Wafra dismissed Frank on April 30 last, which means the step was initiated immediately after Kraut disclosed his harassment and before the latter resorted to file a lawsuit against him.
Bloomberg quoted a spokesman for Wafra as confirming the company only learned of the harassment in April and had quickly decided to dismiss Frank after an internal investigation.