Experiencing adverse employment action after suffering from harassment in the workplace can be difficult and confusing. A server recently accused members of the Houston Rockets team of harassment and discriminatory confrontation that occurred in the sports locker room while he performed his job duties. Following the incident, the man chose to pursue a lawsuit for adverse employment action after he took action to report the situation.
The man claims that some of the players of the Rockets and others on staff made verbal discriminatory remarks and harassing comments and insults towards him. The victim worked as a server and was responsible for helping to cater to the locker room at the time of the incident. As he set up the catering table, players and staff purportedly made accusatory comments regarding the man's intention of being in the locker room, teasing and harassing the server's integrity and professionalism.
After the discriminatory behavior purportedly took place, the insulted worker reported the harassment and the catering employer removed the man from the locker room serving position. The situation was reported to the catering company's human resources department to begin an investigation. Following this conversation, the victim began to experience adverse employment action through removal from previously held work opportunities, lost regular overtime, and had his pay decreased. He believes this was in direct retaliation to his report.
The man chose to pursue a federal lawsuit for the damages inflicted on his professional position as a catering server. The victim has requested $150,000 in restitution for the harassment and the inability to earn income after being suspended from his position without compensation by his employer. A Houston worker who suffers adverse employment action may choose to seek compensation for loss of income and discriminatory treatment.
Source: dallasvoice.com, "Food server sues Houston Rockets, company for anti-gay discrimination", Anna Waugh, April 4, 2014