*Here we go again. We’ve got news on another lawsuit with Steve Harvey‘s name attached to it. This one was filed by Kaliqah Muhammad, who spent more than 10 years working for Harvey’s production and radio companies. She’s claiming the former president and secretary had her fired after she refused to get freaky with them in sexcapades.
The lawsuit filed Monday in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia stated that Gerald Washington, former president of Steve Harvey World Group and content president for the Steve Harvey Radio Network, and Meagan Dotson, former secretary for both companies, were involved in an affair in 2016, according to Daily Report.
Around August of that year, they began asking Muhammad, to join them for late night meals, and Dotson texted requests for “sexy pictures” of Muhammad, whom Dotson found “very sexy.”
The couple had “thought about [Muhammad] for a long time,” Dotson is quoted as saying in a text.
Washington texted an invitation to Muhammad, saying, “we thought you might have wanted to hang and needed a break” and “wanted to eat and drink till we couldn’t stand up.”
The text continued, saying “we are waiting on you in headed to bed then airport” [sic].”
Muhammad’s suit says she had worked for the Harvey organizations since 2005, when she was hired as a receptionist/travel coordinator. However, within a few weeks of refusing Washington and Dotson’s invitations, the complaint said, Dotson told Muhammad she was fired.
Muhammad filed a discrimination complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and was given permission to sue. Her complaint names Steve Harvey Radio Network Inc. and Steve Harvey World Group Inc. as defendants and levels claims of illegal sexual harassment and retaliation under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
For whatever reason, neither Washington nor Dotson are defendants in the suit.
The complaint was filed by Atlanta’s Keegan Law Firm.
Keegan said his client had no idea why, after 10 years with Harvey organization, she became a target of her superiors’ attentions.
“She had never been told there were any performance issues; they had told her that there was going to be a reorganization, but that her job was not going to be impacted,” Keegan said.
“What was off to her was that she basically turned down their offer and was terminated,” Keegan said.