Everyone deserves a work environment where employees can work together and accomplish the goals set out by their supervisors. However, there are unfortunately many places throughout the country where sexual harassment is prevalent. Some employment situations, particularly those in which a singular figure is the head of the organization, can quickly develop into a culture of discrimination against woman due to their gender. The good news, however, is that employments laws exists which can be applicable to these types of situations, leading to the employer being held accountable for their actions.
That is what is developing in a school district in the Midwest. A recent article detailed how a school district superintendent allegedly engaged in sexual harassment of a woman employed by the school district as recently as the 2011-2012 academic year. The lawsuit specifically claims that the superintendent made unwanted contact with the woman, including kisses and hugs. The alleged victim states that she has since been laid off by the school district and is no longer offered work as a substitute teacher.
Employers who engage in this type of behavior are not only breaking employment laws, they may also be breaking criminal laws. The lawsuit in this case is seeking compensation for a variety of reasons because of the hostile work environment, including negligence, battery and intentional infliction of emotional distress.
Awareness about sexual harassment in the workplace has risen in recent years, but there are still employers who attempt to get away with this type of behavior. This behavior not only creates problems for the victim, but for all of the other employees as well. Employers who put their employees in these types of situations should be held accountable for their actions.
Source: StatesmanJournal.com, "Federal sexual harassment lawsuit filed against former superintendent Brad Yates," Jan. 29, 2013