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Fire fighter files sexual harassment claim

When an employee in Texas is sexually harassed, he or she may seek to hold the employer accountable. In another state, a fire fighter claims that she suffered sexual harassment for several years. She filed a lawsuit against the department, for which she still works.

According to the lawsuit, the woman's abuse started in 2013. That was when she was moved to a brand new fire station. There, the woman's movements were reportedly physically restricted, and her fire captain also invaded the woman's personal space. The captain is also said to have touched her and repeatedly made undesired sexual advances toward her.

The woman claims that the captain also demanded hugs and tracked her wherever she went, even when she had to go to the bathroom. The same department is accused of duct taping a female fire fighter to a chair. A male lieutenant also is said to have threatened to hurt a female fire fighter there.

If an employer in the state of Texas allows its employees to be sexually harassed, it can clearly result in an intimidating or hostile work environment. This is grounds for civil litigation. Examples of sexual harassment include unwanted sexual advances or making sexual favors a condition of employment or the quid pro quo for decisions related to employment. Employees who face unwanted sexual advances have the right to pursue sexual harassment claims against their employer, which may lead to remedies, including a job promotion or back pay, depending on the circumstances surrounding the case.

Source: wtop.com, "Firefighter sues Fairfax County for sexual harassment", Megan Cloherty, May 12, 2016

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