In the video below, Barbara Ann Wilson describes her experiences working as an employee of the Birmingham Public Library.
In 2010, Wilson filed a sexual harassment lawsuit against the City of Birmingham and the Birmingham Library Board which alleged that the downtown branch of the Birmingham Public Library was a hostile work environment:
“On July 14, 2008, Wilson filed an incident report stating that a middle aged male Library patron had exposed his “private part” to a female while she was using a computer on the second floor and then followed her to the third floor. A few months later, on December 2, 2008, Wilson reported an incident in writing where a male patron rubbed up against her with an erect penis and, when she tried to get away from him, he followed her around the Library. She advised her immediate supervisor that she felt physically threatened.
From April 10, 2009 onward, Wilson was subjected on a daily basis to viewing pornography that Library patrons accessed in her presence. Further, on at least two occasions between April 10, 2009 and the date she filed her EEOC charge on October 7, 2009, Library patrons fondled their genitals or masturbated in her presence. Also during that time period, one patron rubbed up against her buttocks with an erect penis , and patrons asked her out on dates dozens of times.”
Homeless people would come into the Birmingham Public Library, pull up hardcore pornography, harass the female employees, and masturbate in front of children. They would become belligerent when confronted:
“The downtown library is located near a big city park and near a bus station,” said Morel. “For whatever reason, they get these people in the library — they don’t have other places to be.”
“They are using the computer to access hard-core porn in front of other patrons and children, and some of these people manipulate themselves in the open library,” he said.
“It’s going on every day and it’s basically elevated,” according to Morel, who said Wilson, 43, is still employed by the library. She was not available for an interview with ABCNews.com.”
Note: In 2012, a $150,000 settlement was reached between Wilson and the City of Birmingham. A second employee of the Birmingham Public Library, Karen Jackson, filed a lawsuit which made similar allegations. I believe that case was dismissed last August.