HP CEO Stopped Hiring Me When I Turned Down Sex: Fisher

Details emerge in sexual harassment suit
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 18, 2010 7:30 AM CDT
Details Emerge in HP Sexual Harassment Suit
Actress Jodie Fisher is seen outside the New York Friars Club on August 11, 2010 in New York City.   (Getty Images)

In her lawsuit, actress-turned-event planner Jodie Fisher alleged that HP stopped hiring her after she refused to have sex with CEO Mark Hurd, the AP reveals, in the first public airing of the substance of the suit that got Hurd fired. From 2007 to 2009, Fisher planned networking events for the company, after which she’d often go out to dinner with Hurd.

But the work dried up in the second year, and slowly disappeared. A person familiar with HP’s investigation, however, says that was due purely to budget cuts in the marketing department. HP has said Hurd didn’t violate their sexual harassment policy, but did falsify expense reports relating to his meetings with Fisher. (More Jodie Fisher stories.)

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