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New employee claims she got fired for reporting sexual harassment

Terrible experiences in the Texas workplace do not happen only to long-term employees. Sometimes, sexual harassment and other wrongdoing can happen when employees have only been with a company a short time. A former employee of a BBQ restaurant in another state claims that her sexual harassment complaints were not taken seriously because she was a new employee.

The plaintiff alleges that during one of her evening shifts, her manager grabbed her rear end. This situation made the woman uncomfortable, and she sought a meeting with the restaurant management to express her concerns. She claims that during the meeting, the importance of finding out the truth about the situation was expressed. However, when she tried to explain what happened, she claims she was not able to get a word in edgewise.

The woman asserts that she had no intention of leaving or filing a lawsuit. Nevertheless, she claims that the franchisee simply told her she was going to be fired. She maintains the reason her complaint was not taken seriously was because she had only been with the restaurant less than a month whereas the offending manager had been working there for 15 years.

The former employee filed a complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission as a precursor to pursuing legal action against the eatery. Sexual harassment is a serious issue in the restaurant industry, and according to a 2014 study, 75 percent of women workers are harassed. It does not matter if employees in Texas have been employed for one month or 10 years -- they do not have to tolerate retaliation or mistreatment on the job. Aggrieved workers have the right to consider taking legal action if their complaints are not satisfactorily resolved.

Source: eater.com, "Charlotte Restaurant Worker Fired After Reporting Sexual Harassment", Chris Fuhrmeister, Jan. 7, 2016

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