Sexual harassment in the workplace is a very serious matter. Such harassment can cause significant harm to employees. Thus, it is very important for employers to take proper steps to protect employees from workplace sexual harassment and to not retaliate against employees for making sexual harassment complaints. No employee should have to be subjected to workplace sexual harassment or wrongful retaliation.
The woman alleges that the water department's treasurer (a man) engaged in sexually harassing conduct against her. According to the woman, the treasurer made inappropriate sexual comments towards her, tried to look down her top and, on one occasion, tried to pull her top down.
According to the woman, she made complaints to the water department about the alleged harassment. The woman claims that the water department failed to take proper actions in response to these complaints.
Reportedly, the woman eventually brought a complaint to the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission in connection to the alleged harassment.
According to the woman, the water department eventually terminated her from her position. The woman alleges that the fact that she made sexual harassment complaints to the water department and made a sexual harassment complaint to the EEOC played a role in the water department's decision to fire her.
A lawsuit has been brought in a federal court in Massachusetts by the woman against the water department in connection to these allegations. Reportedly, damages are being sought in this lawsuit. One wonders what will happen in this case and how it will ultimately be resolved.
Source: masslive.com, "Western Massachusetts woman files federal sexual-harassment lawsuit against Palmer Water Department," Dan Ring, Oct. 15, 2012
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