Shanelle Howard, who worked as a background actress on the CBS series, filed a lawsuit on Friday (August 17) claiming that her role on the series was reduced and ultimately eliminated when she complained about a co-worker's sexual and physical harassment, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
In the suit, the actress asserts that she faced "a daily barrage of sexually based comments and unsuitable conduct" at the hands of her co-worker Lonnie Moore.
The suit also details Howard's physical harassment: "There were many times when Moore caught plaintiff off guard, he was thus able to 'cop a feel' before plaintiff could push him away."
After she complained, her work week reportedly decreased from five days to only two before she was eliminated from the show altogether. GEP Cencast - the casting agency behind The Mentalist - also allegedly stopped calling her for work following her effective termination from the CBS series.
Howard has sued WBTV, GEP Cencast and Moore.