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Sexual Harassment Official Fired

January 27, 2000

FALMOUTH, Mass. (AP) _ A man hired to enforce the town’s sexual harassment policy has been fired for sexually harassing a town employee.

Jayme Dias was hired by the town in November 1990 as an affirmative action officer, with duties including promoting and enforcing fairness in hiring and employment practices.

Dias was fired Wednesday after a female employee filed a complaint saying she endured six years of his unwanted sexual advances. The woman’s name has not been made public.

Dias hasn’t had a chance to review his options at this time, and doesn’t know if he will take further action to retain his job, his lawyer, Edward F. O’Brien, said.

Dias is ``obviously very disappointed by the decision,″ O’Brien said.

The woman, who is married, said the harassment began when Dias, who is also married, asked her for dates shortly after she was hired in 1994. He then allegedly called her at home and once began fondling and kissing her.

The employee filed a sexual harassment complaint in July. Falmouth’s personnel director issued a letter of caution to Dias in November. The woman’s appeal was heard in a closed hearing Jan. 13.

A second woman, who also was allegedly harassed by Dias, corroborated the woman’s testimony, said attorney Theophilus Nix, who represented the complainant.

The second woman, also not named, had not filed a complaint, but told town officials she stopped working for Falmouth several years ago because Dias had been sexually harassing her.

Falmouth is 70 miles south of Boston.

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