Texas and federal law prohibit employers from discriminating against and harassing their employees due to their sexual orientation, gender or both. However, that does not mean that it never happens. In fact, sexual harassment and discrimination on the job occurs nearly every day somewhere across the country and at least some of the victims file lawsuits seeking restitution for the damage done to them.
For example, a former fire fighter recently won a lawsuit against the city in which she worked for the fire department. After a trial that lasted eight days, the jury entered a verdict in her favor in the amount of $806,000. She was awarded $545,000 for future wages that she would have earned if she had not been the victim of a retaliation and $161,000 for emotional distress, along with $100,000 in punitive damages.