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Texas judge claims sexual harassment, retaliation

Each person wants to be treated with respect and dignity in the workplace. However, when an individual becomes the victim of sexual harassment, he or she feels anything but respected: The person typically feels violated and unfair advantage was taken. Sexual harassment is a real problem in Texas at companies when employers attempt to abuse their power and exploit employees on the basis of sex. When this happens, the person who has been harassed can pursue legal action.

One woman in Texas filed a complaint of sexual harassment in the spring of 2013. The woman is a municipal judge. However, she recently was placed on administrative leave when multiple employees claimed that she used profanity at work and also told them about her sexual activities with her spouse.

The judge claims this action taken in retaliation for her sexual harassment claim. As a result, she said se would file a complaint with the state's human rights commission, as well as the EEOC. She denied the allegations, which are under investigation.

Employers must not allow sexual harassment to occur on-the-job. Even if they are not the ones sexually harassing employees, if other employees under their supervision are doing so, they can still be held liable in a civil claim. Sexual harassment can result in an intimidating work environment, particularly if giving in to an employer's sexual advances is a condition of employment or drives decisions about promotion or termination. An employee who has been sexually harassed may file a sexual harassment claim against the employer, which can result in financial remedies and/or an order requiring that the employee be rehired, depending on the facts of the case in Texas.

Source: star-telegram.com, Fort Worth council votes to file complaint against municipal judge, Caty Hirst, Nov. 20, 2013

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