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Paul v. Holbrook
Florida District Court of Appeal
696 So.2d 1311 (1997)
Meredith Paul (plaintiff) and Paul Holbrook (defendant) were coworkers at Professional Medical Products, Inc. (PMP) (defendant). On a number of occasions, Holbrook made sexually charged statements to Paul. Twice, he approached her from behind and attempted to massage her shoulders. Paul immediately pulled away both times, and Holbrook did not persist. Eventually, Paul complained to PMP, which scheduled Paul and Holbrook to different shifts thenceforward. Paul sued Holbrook and PMP for assault, battery, negligent and intentional infliction of emotional distress, and negligent hiring and retention. The trial judge awarded summary judgment to defendants on all claims. Paul appealed.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (Orfinger, J.)
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