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Company appeals after found liable in sexual harassment law suit

Having to spend every day in a hostile work environment can be all-consuming and ultimately affect a worker's home life as well. Texas workers who are experiencing unwanted sexual advances may find that rejecting requests for sexual favors may interfere with their work. Fortunately, remedies are available under the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission that forbids sexual harassment at work.

The EEOC filed a lawsuit on behalf of three women in another state who claimed to have been harassed by their supervisor. The suit said that they were placed by an employment agency in the shipping department of a logistics company, but upon a request by the receiving department's supervisor, the women were transferred to his division. While working in receiving, the women claim to have been subjected to continuous comments that were sexually suggestive, and they alleged that physical contact often accompanied the comments.

The harassment was apparently witnessed by a male worker in the same department. The lawsuit states that the women confronted the supervisor directly, asking him to cease the sexually harassing behavior. The male worker apparently also warned the supervisor. According to the complaint, the four workers were all terminated soon after the confrontation. This gave rise to a Title VII sexual harassment and retaliation lawsuit being filed against the company.

A jury found the company liable and awarded compensatory damages and punitive damages to the employees, but the employer requested a new trial and for the verdict to be set aside. When those motions were denied by the district court, the company filed an appeal. Texas workers who are subjected to sexual harassment may benefit from consulting with experienced employment law attorneys who focus on protecting the rights of abused workers.

Source: hr.blr.com, "Sexual harassment: Were employee's demands protected activity?", April Knox, June 22, 2015

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