Sexual harassment can cause a considerable amount of harm to employees. Thus, it is very important for employers to take all proper steps to protect their employees from such harassment.
The woman alleges that, during her time with the company, she was sexually harassed by a foreman at the company. According to the woman, this alleged harassment included sexual requests, improper touching and offensive sexual comments.
It has been alleged that the store failed to take proper steps to put a stop to this alleged harassment.
The woman further claims that she was retaliated against after she complained about the alleged harassment. According to the woman, included among this alleged retaliation was her termination, which occurred in April 2011.
A lawsuit has been brought by the woman in a federal court in Texas against the maintenance company in connection to these allegations. Damages reportedly are being sought in this lawsuit. It will be interesting to see what ultimately happens in this sexual harassment and retaliation case.
No employee should have to face sexual harassment at their place of work. Thus, one hopes that all employers make sure to not engage in conduct like that alleged in this case. One also hopes that employers are held accountable when they do subject their employees to sexual harassment and/or retaliate against employees for reporting sexual harassment.
Source: The Southeast Texas Record, "Former employee accuses maintenance company of sexual harassment," John Suayan, June 25, 2012