While at work, employees should feel that they are safe and can work in a conducive environment. Unfortunately, however, that is not always the case. Knowingly or unknowingly, some Texas employees do not know the boundaries between making a funny joke to relate to their co-workers and sexual harassment that makes them feel uncomfortable.
A former employee for the acclaimed Sweetie Pie's restaurant is alleging that she was victim of sexual harassment. She claims that her harassment started on her first day of work. The woman claims that she told her fellow co-worker that she was married, but that did not stop him from inappropriately touching her.
The harassment only worsened as she continued working there, and her co-worker continued making unwanted sexual gestures and comments, She claims that she reported the incidents to her supervisor and the head cook, who said that was just the way the man was. They told her to go to the business manager to make a statement, and after she did, the business manager told her that he would get back to her. After not hearing any response for two weeks, she was finally called and offered to work at another location, but by that time, she had sought other employment.
The plaintiff was told by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission that she could go forward with filing a complaint against the restaurant for sexual harassment. All Texas employees have the right to feel comfortable at work. Workers who feel that they are the victims of sexual harassment should first report the incident through the appropriate channels. Going forward, if the activity does not cease or an investigation is not conducted, the employee may then choose to file a claim against his or her employer and may be awarded financial relief to hold the employer accountable under our laws.
Source: bizjournals.com, "Sweetie Pie's employee alleges sexual harassment at restaurant", Jacob Kirn, Oct. 15, 2014