The judiciary committee of the Milwaukee County Board of Supervisors is reviewing a proposal to pay $24,000 to settle a claim filed in February by a female employee against a retired board chairman. If the settlement is approved, it would end the sexual harassment claims brought by the employee under both state and federal employment discrimination laws.
Although the retired board chairman is not currently facing criminal charges, the state Equal Rights Division found probable cause to believe that his actions violated anti-discrimination laws. After the division ordered a hearing, the county corporation counsel's office urged the board to consider settlement in light of the employee's threat to pursue damages in federal court for emotional distress and medical expenses.
Inappropriate sexual behavior in the workplace can create a hostile working environment for any employee. Be it lewd jokes, unwanted physical advances or even sexual assault, no one should dread going to work for fear of being victimized. Employees who feel that they have experienced workplace sexual harassment, or been unlawfully retaliated against for reporting such incidents may be able to obtain recourse against their employers.
Source: Journal Sentinel, "County could pay $24,000 in Lee Holloway sexual harassment case ", Steve Schultze, December 01, 2013