Company denies man lost job over Playgirl spread

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Posted: Nov 03, 2014 4:23 PM

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A company that helps businesses handle personnel issues denies it forced one if its Connecticut employees out of his job after it was discovered he'd posed nude in Playgirl magazine.

Durham resident Daniel Sawka filed a federal civil rights lawsuit last year against Roseland, New Jersey-based ADP Inc. alleging sexual harassment. The company responded Monday.

Sawka worked as a sales manager. He says he was subjected to jokes and ridicule at work after at least one co-worker discovered he'd posed nude in the 1990s in a lumberjack-themed spread for Playgirl and found the photos online. He says the conditions became so intolerable he was forced to leave the job in 2011.

He's seeking damages for lost pay.

The company says in its response it "exercised reasonable care to prevent and correct promptly any alleged harassing behavior."