While many people will immediately assume that a sexual harassment case involved a man making unwanted advances towards a woman, it is not uncommon for the situation to be flipped. No matter the details, sexual harassment in the workplace can result in a number of negative side effects for the whole organization. The workplace can become unsettled; there can be retaliation concerns; and, most importantly, the victim is left feeling unsafe, vulnerable and embarrassed.
One case out of San Antonio highlights the many issues involved when sexual harassment allegations are made in the workplace.
A spokesman for the Alamo has sued the Daughters of the Republic of Texas after claiming that one female board member of the DRT sexually assaulted him on numerous occasions, inviting him to private meetings which he turned down. Despite his complaints about the unwanted behavior, nothing was ever done and the spokesman says he was fired soon after in an act of retaliation.
The DRT has countered the man's claims, saying that he was in the midst of publishing a tell-all book about the organization and that he was working on the project during work hours. While the fired spokesman did not deny the book, he said he never used office equipment (which the DRT referenced) and instead used his personal computer.
You have civil rights that protect you from retaliatory punishment if you are subjected to or complain about sexual harassment. As the victim, you should never feel like you have to hide this unwanted incident because you fear for your job; nor do you have to accept a firing just because you reject certain advances. You can take legal action against the offending parties -- your emotional suffering does not have to be kept silent.
Source: My San Antonio, "Fired spokesman sues DRT claiming sexual harassment," Eva Ruth Moravec and Scott Huddleston, Sept. 25, 2012
- To learn more about this topic, please visit our Houston sexual harassment page.