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Popular ride sharing service Uber is under fire this week after a former employee blogged about the sexual harassment she experienced at the company. Former Attorney General Eric Holder has joined an independent investigation into the matter – an investigation ordered by none other than Uber CEO Travis Kalanick.

The blog post that went viral this week details one female engineer’s experience while working at Uber. The nearly 3,000 word post discusses sexual harassment she faced starting from day one on her team. Her manager sought her out via instant message asking for sex. Though she took screenshots and reported the manager to human resources, the manager was not formally punished for his actions. The man was a high performer, the HR department claimed, and would only receive a warning. This was his first offense, they argued.

The female engineer was given two choices: she could leave the team and her area of expertise or face a poor performance review from the manager. She chose to transfer teams, but later left the company after experiencing more gender discrimination and retaliation. Before she left, she learned that she was far from the first woman harassed by the alleged “first offense” manager. He later left the company.

Tech companies like Uber pride themselves on being socially aware and ultra-modern, but this kind of treatment of women employees anything but.  It just goes to show that even the most contemporary of businesses can have very old school – and illegal – points of view on sexual harassment in the workplace.

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If you feel you have been a victim of sexual harassment discrimination, the first thing to do is report this to your supervisor and/or human resource department. From there, you will have a better understanding of how to move forward.

Remember, you also have the right to contact a Virginia employment attorney who can help protect your rights and decide if you are in position to take action.

Sex for Career Boost; TV Host Files Lawsuit Against Fox CEO

Fox News anchorwoman Gretchen Carlson has a sexual harassment suit against 21st Century Fox’s chairman and CEO, Roger Ailes. The former Fox News Channel host says that throughout her time at the network, Ailes propositioned her. When she refused, Ailes allegedly retaliated by sabotaging Carlson’s career. Her popular show, The Real Story with Gretchen Carlson, was canceled in June. Carlson says there is a direct connection between her refusal to sleep with Ailes and the cancellation of her show.

Beyond the propositioning, Carlson says she also faced problematic comments about her body from Ailes. He routinely complimented her outfits and the way they complemented her figure. He requested she turn around so he could view her from the back, the suit alleges.

It’s not just Ailes who targeted Carlson. Her co-host on Fox and Friends, Steve Doocy, also allegedly treated her in a sexist, condescending manner on a regular basis. Carlson’s lawsuit points out moments on live television when Doocy would put hands on her to get her to stop talking.

Ailes has called the lawsuit defamatory and denies any wrongdoing. 21st Century Fox has defended their CEO and announced an internal review of the claims against both Ailes and Doocy.

Sexual Harassment in the Workplace

This high profile case highlights a common issue rarely voiced in the workplace: sexual harassment. Statistics show that one in four women will be harassed at work in some way. Whether it is outright harassment like inappropriate touching or more subversive, like a coworker creating a hostile work environment, sexual harassment occurs more frequently than most people realize. Even women in high-ranking, highly visible positions – like Carlson – are often put into uncomfortable, unethical scenarios by their colleagues and managers.

If you are the victim of sexual harassment, contact our lawyers to set up a free consultation 877-544-5323.

1. AGAINST THE LAW

It is ILLEGAL to harass or discriminate against a person because of the person’s sex. Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibits sexual discrimination.

2. QUID PRO QUO

There are generally two types of sexual harassment in the workplace. In a quid pro quo sexual harassment situation, an employee is subjected to demands for sexual favors in exchange for some job benefit such as promises of promotion or the ability to keep their job. The employee will be in an inferior power position to the perpetrator.

3. HOSTILE WORK ENVIRONMENT

The more common type of sexual harassment is a hostile work environment where the employee is subjected to various forms of unwanted or unwelcome sexual conduct which can include sexual advances, pornographic materials, sexually suggestive texts or e-mails, sexually graphic language, etc. The harasser can be the victim’s immediate supervisor, a supervisor in a different work location, a co-worker, and even a client or customer of the company.

4. DOES ALL OFFENSIVE CONDUCT CREATE A HOSTILE WORK ENVIRONMENT?

No, conduct that is not severe or pervasive enough to create a hostile or abusive work environment will not be a violation of the law. Whether the work environment is a hostile place will be determined by looking at all of the circumstances including the severity and pervasiveness of the conduct.

5. DON’T SUFFER IN SILENCE

If you feel uncomfortable around someone, speaking to them about the situation may help to remedy the situation. They may not have realized that their actions or words were improper. If the person continues the improper conduct, you should begin to keep a log of the conduct and when it occurred. You may need this information later should it become necessary for you to file a complaint, charge of discrimination or lawsuit.

6. FOLLOW YOUR COMPANY’S COMPLAINT PROCESS

You don’t always have to report the sexual harassment to your boss. He or she may be the one who is sexually harassing you. Good employers will have established procedures for making a complaint. If your company has a complaint process, you should consider following it and keeping a record of your actions.

7. CONSULT AN EMPLOYMENT ATTORNEY

IF YOU ARE NOT SATISFIED WITH THE RESOLUTION OF YOUR COMPLAINT OR WANT ADVICE BEFORE YOU REGISTER A COMPLAINT, YOU SHOULD CONSIDER CONSULTING AN EMPLOYMENT ATTORNEY. An experienced employment attorney will review your matter with you and if the attorney feels that you have a valid claim, they can help you file a grievance with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and/or with your company. Being a victim of sexual harassment can be very stressful. Having an experienced attorney help you through this process can help reduce the stress and provide you good guidance on how best to proceed.

We at the Law Offices of Richard J. Serpe are experienced employment attorneys. If you feel that you have been sexually harassed at your workplace, call us for a free consultation. We are here to help you

The Regional Center for Border Health, located in Yuma, Arizona, has been sued by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) for retaliation.

The agency states that Regional Center for Border Health violated federal law by terminating an employee upon filing a complaint of sexual harassment.

The lawsuit notes that the woman was hired in May 2011. The next month, her supervisor touched her inappropriately on two occasions. After a couple days, she reported the act to human resources. Eventually, she filed a written report to her employer. That same day, however, she was fired.

While the health center claims she was terminated because she was “incompatible” with the supervisor, the EEOC believes it was related to the harassment complaint.

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Pitre Inc., an Albuquerque based car dealership, has agreed to settle a same-sex sexual harassment lawsuit for $2 million. The suit was filed by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

According to the lawsuit, a former lot manager, under the direction of the general manager, subjected more than 50 men to various forms of sexual harassment, including frequent solicitations for sex, sexual comments, and regular touching. Furthermore, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission also alleged that the man retaliated against any employee who objected to the work environment.

This type of conduct is a direct violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

This lawsuit is the largest settlement in the history of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s Albuquerque office. As a result, more than 50 men are expected to receive compensation.

On top of everything else, it is believed that this activity lasted for more than 10 years.

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Have you been sexually harassed at work? Have you been retaliated against for reporting sexual harassment? If you answered yes to either of these questions, you may want to contact an attorney. If you are interested speaking with one of our Virginia Employment Lawyers, contacts us at 877-544-5323.

 

One of the largest hop producers in the United States has been ordered to pay $85,000 to four workers as a settlement associated with a sexual harassment lawsuit filed by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC).

According to the lawsuit filed by the EEOC, male workers at Roy Farms dealt with sexual comments and physical contact from a supervisor for nearly two years.

One man objected to the harassment before the rest, reporting the incidents to a different supervisor. However, when no corrective action was taken and he believed he was in danger, he felt like leaving the company was his only option.

To go along with the monetary damages, Roy Farms is now required to issue equal employment opportunity policies in both English and Spanish to all workers in its eastern Washington region. Along with this, the company must institute changes to ensure a better environment in the future, while also providing equal employment opportunity training for all its managers.

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Wal-Mart Stores East, L.P. has agreed to pay more than $360,000 as a settlement related to a sexual harassment and retaliation lawsuit filed by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC).

According to the lawsuit, the retail giant violated federal law by allowing a co-worker to sexually harass a mentally disabled employee at one of its Akron, Ohio stores. The harassment continued for many years, despite the fact that management was aware of what was going on. Once the woman filed a formal complaint to management, she was fired by the store.

Sexual harassment and retaliation are both violations of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. This lawsuit was filed on April 10, 2013 after the EEOC first attempted to reach a pre-litigation settlement.

Along with the money that Wal-Mart is being ordered to pay, the company must provide sexual harassment training to managers and human resources managers at the store.

Sexual Harassment According to the EEOC

It is unlawful to harass a person (an applicant or employee) because of that person’s sex. Harassment can include “sexual harassment” or unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical harassment of a sexual nature.

Harassment does not have to be of a sexual nature, however, and can include offensive remarks about a person’s sex. For example, it is illegal to harass a woman by making offensive comments about women in general.

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If you have found yourself in a similar position, it is important to know your rights and to do whatever it takes to protect them. This often times means hiring an employment law attorney. Contact us to discuss your situation.

JPMorgan Chase, one of the largest companies in the financial industry, has been ordered to pay $1,450,000 to settle a sexual discrimination lawsuit filed by the U.S Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC).

In the lawsuit filed by the EEOC, JPMorgan Chase was accused of maintaining a sexually hostile work environment towards female bankers at a facility located close to Columbus, Ohio.

In addition to sexual behavior and comments from supervisors, the lawsuit alleged that female workers who did not participate in such activity were ostracized while also being deprived of training opportunities, lucrative sales calls, and other benefits.

The $1,450,000 in compensation will be paid to 16 female bankers who worked at the call center. Along with this, the company must avoid maintaining the same type of environment at the location in the future.

This conduct is a direct violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. As a result of this violation, JPMorgan Chase finds itself paying out more than $1 million while also enduring bad publicity.

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Sexual harassment at the workplace is a big deal regardless of the industry or size of the company. JPMorgan Chase & Co. is finding this out the hard way, as they prepare to settle a federal sexual harassment lawsuit for approximately $1.5 million. This is the result of a complaint against the company, claiming it created a hostile environment in its Polaris, Ohio offices.

The lawsuit alleges that the company created a “sexist atmosphere” by allowing supervisors to harass female workers without being reprimanded. According to the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, any woman who refused to deal with the behavior was denied the chance to move into a more profitable role.

According to sources familiar with the situation, the male workers targeted in the complaint are no longer with the company.

It is believed that the money from the settlement will be divided among 16 women who worked at this location.

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Are you being sexually harassed at work? You don’t have to deal with this type of behavior. It is within your rights to report this to your supervisor and/or HR department. If steps to stop the harassment aren’t being taken, or you have been retaliated against for reporting this behavior, you may want to contact an employment lawyer.

Southwest Virginia Community Health System will pay $30,000 to settle a sexual harassment lawsuit filed against the company by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC).

According to the lawsuit, a female receptionist at Southwest Virginia Community Health System was harassed by a male patient during her employment. The complaint notes that the woman complained about the harassment to her supervisor, however, no action was taken to put an end to the abuse.

Many people don’t realize that an employer is liable for the acts of a non-employee if the employer knew about the conduct and did not take corrective action.

Under the terms of the settlement, the Southwest Virginia Community Health System will pay $30,000 in damages to the woman. Along with this, the settlement requires the company to conduct training for all employees on sexual harassment prevention, while also posting a notice about the settlement and providing a copy of its policy to every employee.