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Woman awarded $500,000 in sexual harassment case

An employee who used to work at a university in another state claimed that she was sexually harassed on the job. She was recently awarded half a million dollars following a jury verdict in her sexual harassment case. The alleged harassment she experienced, which is illegal in Texas and elsewhere, took place from 2012 to 2014.

The woman was a university custodian at the time she was experiencing the sexual harassment. She claimed that the institution ignored her reports of harassment and that she also experienced retaliation for filing the reports. Concerning the harassment, the woman's female supervisor reportedly called the woman names, made obscene gestures at her and touched the woman in undesired ways.

When the woman later complained about the behavior, her supervisor reportedly called the woman a liar in addition to challenging her to fight with her. According to her suit, that is when the harassment worsened. The woman's attorney claimed that the institution's failure to take action to end the harassment was in violation of Title IX.

According to the jury verdict, the university was liable for the woman's distress and had to pay legal fees totaling more than $225,000, damages totaling $230,000 and more than $7,900 in expenses. However, the university reported that it did not agree with the ruling and was appealing via the office of the attorney general. When a person in Texas faces sexual harassment, it is within his or her right to take legal action in an effort to right any wrong that has been committed.

Source: campussafetymagazine.com, "Former Kansas College Employee Wins $500K Sexual Harassment Lawsuit", Dec. 6, 2016

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