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An ad­min­is­tra­tive law judge ruled over­whelm­ingly in fa­vor of two for­mer Queen Anne’s County school bus driv­ers who had claimed a male su­per­vi­sor of­ten de­manded sex­ual fa­vors from fe­male em­ploy­ees in ex­change for job priv­i­leges.

In a 72-page de­ci­sion re­leased Thurs­day, Chief Judge John W. Hard­wicke of the Of­fice of Ad­min­is­tra­tive Hear­ings con­cluded that the two com­plainants were long-time vic­tims of sex­ual ha­rass­ment and that they suf­fered mon­e­tary losses be­cause they re­jected their su­per­vi­sor’s ad­vances.

Since 1988, Martha C. Dawkins and Sharon L. Moore have al­leged that for­mer Trans­porta­tion Co­or­di­na­tor G. Paul Emory sex­u­ally ha­rassed them dur­ing the mid 1980s and that their com­plaints to school of­fi­cials were ig­nored.

Four years af­ter fil­ing her com­plaint with the state, Dawkins said it was worth going through all the in­ves­ti­ga­tions, the failed set­tle­ment talks and the five days of public hear­ings in Septem­ber.

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