A company in another state recently agreed to settle a lawsuit that the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission had filed, alleging that the company had allowed one of its workers to be harassed sexually. The company said it would pay $50,000 to settle this suit. The lawsuit specifically alleged same-sex workplace sexual harassment, which is illegal in Texas and across the United States.
A woman who had worked as a sales consultant at the company, which is a phone company, claimed that another woman at the store constantly harassed her when she was working there in 2013. The harassment reportedly included sexual comments, along with inappropriate touching. A manager at the store allegedly witnessed the behavior, and the woman reported this harassment to managers multiples times, but nothing was reportedly done to address the harassment.
As part of the settlement, the phone company will not only pay the woman monetary relief totaling $50,000, but it will also conduct worker training. In addition, the company will post a notice about the obligations of the company to stop sexual harassment. Other injunctive relief was also agreed to as part of the lawsuit settlement.
Sexual harassment is a type of sex discrimination, and this is true whether the harasser is the same sex as the victim or the opposite sex. As a result, it violates the Civil Rights Act of 1964's Title VII. It is within the right of any person who endures workplace sexual harassment in the state of Texas to file a lawsuit, seeking monetary damages in an effort to hold his or her harasser accountable.
Source: reflector.com, "Wireless company pays $50,000 in lawsuit", Nov. 2, 2016