A lawsuit has been filed in another state against a county school district, alleging that eight employees at a middle school in the district were sexually harassed. A former colleague reportedly engaged in sexual harassment. If a person is harassed sexually in the workplace in Texas, he or she retains the right to seek to hold his or her employer accountable legally.
The recent out-of-state lawsuit was filed against the middle school's principal, vice-principal and previous counselor. According to this complaint, the harassment took place between 2007 and 2014, when the counselor was terminated. According to the plaintiffs, the counselor kept harassing the plaintiffs as well as several other district employees even though this behavior was considered unwelcome and inappropriate. For instance, the counselor reportedly touched a female coworker's buttocks or breasts several times and continued to use offense and crude sexual comments.
The counselor's alleged actions created a hostile work environment. The school administrators were said to have known about the ongoing physical and verbal sexual harassment. However, they reportedly did nothing to address it.
If a company in Texas allows sexual harassment to happen in the workplace, this is a violation of the victims' rights under the 14th Amendment's Equal Protection Clause in the U.S. Constitution as well as their rights based on Title VII of the Civil Rights Act. Harassment includes making unwanted advances and even requesting sexual favors. Anybody who experiences this type of illicit treatment may choose to file a claim against his or her employer, and potential remedies may include back pay as well as other monetary damages depending on the situation.
Source: thespectrum.com, "Sexual harassment lawsuit filed against ICSD", Bree Burkitt, Oct. 17, 2016