Lawsuit Alleged Sexual Harassment At Bandon Dunes, Kemper
Tuesday, November 14, 2017 at 08:06 PM
Geoff in Golf Business

Bandon Dunes and parent company, KemperSports, are center of sexual harassment lawsuit reported on by Sara Roth of NBC's affiliate station in Portland, KGW.

The case centers around Bandon Dunes GM Hank Hickox, who was quoted in 2015 praising the woman who ultimately filed the suit after she was named hospitality professional of the year.

Roth writes:

Court documents show the allegations aren’t just limited to the golf club in Bandon, Oregon. Two employees claim the alleged misconduct has been pervasive for years at the corporate office. Top executives are accused by the lawsuit of not only condoning the behavior but also participating in sexually inappropriate conduct themselves

The video report:

Kemper's spokesman, in a story by Golf.com's Sean Zak, says the Bandon suit has been withdrawn but would not say it had been settled.

In a statement to GOLF.com, KemperSports' director of communications B.R. Koehnemann, wrote, "The article that was written yesterday refers to a case that has been withdrawn. On Friday, November 10, 2017, Ms. Hamblin acted to dismiss the lawsuit. The court was informed and the case was removed from the docket. When informed of the alleged inappropriate behavior at Bandon Dunes, the Company took decisive remedial action, and Mr. Hickox is no longer employed by KemperSports or Bandon Dunes. Independent outside counsel has been retained to further investigate the situation."

John Strege at GolfDigest.com also reviewed the story and contacted Kemper President Josh Lesnik, the subject of allegations in the lawsuit and reported on by Roth. When company failed to properly address Darla Hamblin's complaint, she soon learned from another employee of purported misconduct at KemperSports and the alleged company culture became part of the case.

“An incident did occur at Bandon Dunes." Lesnik said in a statement. "We handled it appropriately and effectively. Hank no longer works for us, and the staffer acted to dismiss the lawsuit. Any allegations about me are false, and our Board of Directors has launched an investigation that will find the truth.”

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