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Sexual harassment claim results in jury trial for clothing store

When a person is hired to do a job in Texas, they may see the position as an opportunity to grow at the company and to earn respect due to their hard work and commitment. This, however, does not always happen, as some managers view their positions as opportunities to manipulate and control their subordinates. When an employee faces sexual harassment, they feel violated but can take legal action. This is the situation of one woman in Texas.

A woman recently sued JoS A. Bank Clothiers Inc. on the grounds that the clothing company treated her poorly due to the fact that she is a woman. She said that she was fired when she tried to complain about the situation. Even though the company personally investigated the complaint, no was reprimanded for the alleged treatment. Now, she is pursuing a trial involving a jury.

The woman said that during her employment at the store, she had to deal with the unwelcome sexual advances of fellow employees. In addition, she faced sexual harassment from the store's manager. In fact, she said that the situation had deteriorated to the point that it made her problem with asthma worse.

By law, employers are prohibited from permitting the sexual harassment of employees, which can lead to a hostile or intimidating work environment. If succumbing to sexual advances with a company worker is considered a condition of employment, or is the basis of employment-related decisions, this also constitutes sexual harassment. When an employee faces unwanted sexual advances in the workplace in Texas, it is within her or his rights to pursue a claim of sexual harassment against an employer, which can result in remedies such as back pay or promotion, depending on the facts.

Source:, Lawsuit: JoS A. Bank fired woman for complaining about racial discrimination, sexual harassment, John Suayan, Aug. 26, 2013

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