Employee sues Madonna, film company, alleging sexual harassment

LOS ANGELES (AP) A former female employee of Madonna's film company is suing the pop star and other executives of Maverick Films on claims she was sexually harassed and wrongfully terminated.

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The lawsuit seeks general damages, medical expenses, loss of earnings and punitive and exemplary damages. It claims Maverick Films co-founder Guy Oseary and Madonna, both listed as defendants, "failed to conduct a reasonable investigation into defendant Morgan's background before hiring him and knew or should have known of his propensity for sexual harassment and discrimination."

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Oestreich, a former vice president of development at Maverick, said she was criticized by Morgan at a Nov. 11, 2003, social outing as being "uptight" for not joining in talks about sex, according to the lawsuit.

In the months that followed, the lawsuit said, Oestreich was the target of "inappropriate sexual inquiries" and also was accused of being insecure when she told managers of the alleged harassment.