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Diving coach gets slap on the wrist for sexual harassment

In Aug. 2015, a male employee of a prominent West Coast university finally made an official complaint against the school's diving coach. He claimed that he was the victim of continuous and pervasive sexual harassment that only got worse when another employee quit. Texas readers might be surprised to know that for all that the employee was put through, the university merely fined the diving coach $455.30 in pay, and he was not even suspended.

According to the complaint, the employee's position at the university required him to interact with the coach. He took the abuse for approximately 18 months before finally deciding to put an end to it. He claimed that the coach even solicited sexual favors from him for money in front of students.

The University of California -- Berkeley coach attempted to convince officials at the university that the employee was simply retaliating against him. However, the school's report regarding the incident found that the man had no reason to do that and was not lying about the harassment. Fortunately, there was a witness (one of the employee's co-workers) to a good deal of the coach's inappropriate actions that corroborated the employee's claims.

Even with overwhelming evidence, the ramifications to the coach seemed lacking. If he so chooses, the employee could still file a complaint with the EEOC and perhaps even a lawsuit. The same is true of Texas employees who feel they are the victims of sexual harassment. No one should have to take that kind of treatment and remain in a hostile work environment. There is help available, and it might be possible to achieve financial relief for monetary damages sustained by successfully navigating the civil court claims process.

Source: USA Today, "Cal diving coach fined $455.30 for sexual harassment", Josh Peter, April 6, 2016

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