Workplace sexual harassment cases are unsettling for a lot of reasons. The victim doesn't want the sexual advances to occur; the perpetrator can often become illogically upset about the situation, and the workplace, in general, greatly suffers. The tension can unsettle the workforce and create a less productive workplace.
But of the utmost importance in a sexual harassment case is the victim. They can suffer professionally -- such as the perpetrator, or company, retaliating against them -- and they definitely suffer personally, having to deal with the stress and unease of working in a now-uncomfortable setting. This is not right, and the victim does not have to bury the incident for fear of what may happen to them. Any sort of retaliatory effort against a sexual harassment victim can be punished.
A woman from Texas knows this situation all too well after she was sexually harassed by one of her co-workers; however, she pushed forward with civil action after things went from bad to worse.
In the aftermath of the sexual harassment (including sexually explicit remarks that offended her), the woman complained about how she was being treated in the office. This, she claims, resulted in her receiving an unbalanced workload (she says her work doubled) and that she did not receive a raise.
She has sued her employers for sexual harassment, retaliation and creating a hostile work environment. The woman is requesting compensatory and actual damages, including for front and back pay; mental distress and emotional pain; and loss of enjoyment of life.
Source: Southeast Texas Record, "Longview company sued for allowing sexual harassment," Michelle Keahey, Oct. 10, 2012