Unfortunately, it is not uncommon for abuses of power to occur, whether it is in a personal relationship, in politics or, as what appears to be the issue in singer Kesha’s case, in the workplace. Workers throughout New York and across the country are protected from discrimination and harassment on both federal and local levels. But, sexual harassment still occurs. And, the situation can get especially tricky, as evident in Kesha’s case, which involves a contract dispute with the alleged sexual abuser, her record producer.
Kesha goes so far as saying she feels enslaved by alleged rape and sexual abuse by her producer, Lukasz Gottwald, known as Dr. Luke. The allegations include repeated sexual, physical and emotional abuse over the course of their 10-year relationship, starting when Kesha was 18. Kesha is attempted to get away from the situation and have her contract with the producer voided, due to the dangerous relationship between the two parties.
Nonetheless, a court decision in February ruled that Kesha must honor her contract with the producer, despite the sexual harassment and abuse allegations. Kesha has appealed the decision, but was denied a preliminary injunction to release her from the six-record deal with the producer.
Gottwald filed a lawsuit alleging defamation and breach of contract. Kesha’s counterclaim includes sexual harassment, gender-based violations and the intentional infliction of emotional distress. Any form of unwanted sexual advances in the workplace is illegal. It is crucial for workers to understand their rights and protect themselves from all forms of abuse or sexual harassment in the workplace.
Source: CNN, “Kesha appeals decision in contract dispute, likening it to slavery,” Emanuella Grinberg, March 23, 2016