Tiger Woods’s ex-girlfriend Erica Herman has accused him of sexual harassment that included her alleging that the golfer forced her to either sign a non-disclosure agreement or be fired from her job, according to a court document. Herman, who dated the 15-time major winner for almost six years, filed the document through her attorney, Benjamin Hobas in Martin County, Florida, late Friday. In the filing, Herman, who is suing the PGA Tour star for $30million, alleged that Woods pursued a sexual relationship with her while she was his employee at his South Florida restaurant and forced her into signing an NDA.
In the document obtained by DailyMail.com, Herman’s attorney, Benjamin Hodas, wrote, ‘Mr. Woods was Ms. Herman’s boss.
‘On Mr. Woods’s own portrayal of events, he imposed an NDA on her as a condition to keep her job when she began having a sexual relationship with him. A boss imposing different work conditions on his employee because of their sexual relationship is sexual harassment.’
Tiger Woods has pushed for ex-girlfriend Erica Herman’s lawsuit over her right to live at his Florida property to face arbitration, arguing she never asserted any claims of sexual assault
Hodas’ document added: ‘Tiger Woods, the internationally renowned athlete and one of the most powerful figures in global sports, decided to pursue a sexual relationship with his employee, then — according to him — forced her to sign an NDA about it or else be fired from her job.
‘And, when he became disgruntled with their sexual relationship, he tricked her into leaving her home, locked her out, took her cash, pets, and personal possessions, and tried to strong-arm her into signing a different NDA.’
Herman, who worked at The Woods Jupiter, his restaurant, filed a lawsuit in October against the Jupiter Island Irrevocable Homestead Trust, which is the legal owner of his mansion in Hobe Sound where the two lived together.
Herman is suing the trust that she claims Woods, 47, controls, for $30million alleging that he tricked her into leaving the Florida mansion where they had lived together for six years following their breakup in October.
She claimed that she had an oral agreement with Woods’s trust – the Jupiter Island Irrevocable Homestead Trust – which is the legal owner of his mansion in Hobe Sound where the two lived together, that allowed her to live at the property for 11 years.
The latest filing in her suit against Woods personally details more of Herman’s version of events leading up to the break up.
‘The landlord made the availability of her housing conditional on her having sexual relationship with a co-tenant,’ the document read.
‘That conduct amounts to sexual harassment under federal and Florida fair housing laws.
‘The short summary of events here and the Defendant’s own linking of the purported agreement to his sexual motivations in both her employment and housing are sufficient to bring this case within the ambit of the Ending Forced Arbitration Act.’
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