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SunTrust Sued for Banker’s Explicit LinkedIn Messages

A complaint filed in California state court against a SunTrust Banker seeks unspecified damages for sexual harassment, intentional infliction of emotional distress and negligent retention and supervision. The complaint alleges that a male recruiter, Aaron Eichler, sent numerous explicit messages and a picture of his genitals to a female mid-level financial industry professional, named in the suit as Jane Doe, on LinkedIn.

According to the complaint, Doe and the accused exchanged several dozen messages over the course of two years having met when Doe, at a previous employer, worked on a deal that involved SunTrust. Doe indicated that Eichler initially messaged her about potential job opportunities and when she expressed interest in hearing more, the messages went from professional to explicit. According the complaint, Eichler wrote “So what are you doing up so late?! Here’s my number if you wanna play.” He indicated that it could be a “late night secret” then sent a graphic photograph. After Doe didn’t reply, he wrote “Ugh, I guess I screwed up :( bummer dude.” 

A LinkedIn spokeswoman, Suzi Owen, said the type of sexual messaging described in the complaint “is prohibited and violates our user agreement, and we investigate and take action when violations are identified.”