The U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York dismissed Lihuan Wang’s sexual harassment suit against Phoenix Satellite Television today because, it said, she was not a compensated employee.
Wang was two weeks into her internship at the Chinese-language media company when, she alleges, her supervisor and bureau chief, Liu Zhengzhu, asked her to accompany him to his hotel room after a business lunch so he could drop off some things and talk about her performance. Once in the hotel room, according to the complaint, he started to strip and threw his arms around her while saying “Why are you so beautiful? Why?”
She further alleges that he then tried to kiss her, and squeezed her buttocks, at which point Wang left the room. When she later asked about her performance, the complaint asserts that Zhengzhu invited her to join him on a trip to Atlantic City.
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