Severna Park, MD asked in Sexual Harassment for Maryland

Q: My neighbor took a pic of me. I was bent over gardening. He put the pic on a shirt and wore it to HOA mtg. Harassment?

My neighbor, who is male, took a picture of me (I am female) in my privacy fenced backyard from his second story window. I was bent over gardening. He then printed the picture of my backside on a t-shirt and wore it to our HOA meeting in a public place. I was humiliated and embarrassed and scared. I feel completely violated and afraid to go in my backyard now.

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J. D. A.
J. D. A.
  • Hunt Valley, MD
  • Licensed in Maryland

A: It seems that the neighbor may have invaded your privacy- but this partially depends on whether you had a reasonable expectation of privacy in your back yard. It may be a close call in this situation, as your yard was visible from nearby residences. It is also possible that his actions of wearing the t-shirt was done with the intent to cause you emotional or other harm. This may be a situation where a letter from your attorney would do the trick- or it may be that this guy needs to be sued. Clearly, there is more going on here- so if you speak with an attorney, I would suggest describing the entire back story.

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