Woman claims sexual harassment at UN Saudi mission

The Associated PressPublished: February 14, 2009

NEW YORK: A Jordanian woman has filed a lawsuit against Saudi Arabia's mission 
to the United Nations, claiming an official repeatedly exposed her to 
"egregious" and "perverted" sexual harassment that included groping, punching 
and trying to kiss her.

In the suit, filed in Manhattan federal court, Gulnar Hijazi accused the 
mission's Charge d'affairs Abdul latif Sallam of making sexual advances on a 
weekly basis shortly after she started working there in 2006.

She claims that Sallam made remarks about her mouth and other body parts and 
said he wanted to suck her breasts. Another time, he said: "Consider me your 
baby and breast-feed me."

Hijazi also said that Sallam e-mailed hard-core pornographic images to her and 
other female employees at the mission, punched her once in the chest and made a 
lewd gesture simulating masturbation.

The lawsuit, filed this week, claims Sallam reached under the table and groped 
Hijazi during a 2007 meeting at the U.N. and squeezed her breast last summer in 
the corridor next the copy machine room.

When she complained, Hijazi says she was subjected to further "degrading 
treatment." Hijazi said she was treated differently than her Saudi colleagues 
because she's Jordanian.

A message left with the mission wasn't immediately returned Friday night.


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