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Amtrak sued for sexual harassment of female electrician

Texas workers who have been victims of sexual harassment will know that this kind of harassment can take many forms. It can range from sexual assault or unwanted advances to humiliating behavior that creates hostile work environments. It is the duty of employers to put policies and education in place that will prevent sexual harassment, and employers must also act upon complaints of such behavior.

A former employee of Amtrak in another state recently filed a lawsuit against the railroad provider. She alleged sexual harassment, retaliatory and gender discrimination while she was employed by the company from Jan. 2012 through Nov. 2014, at which time she was dismissed. The plaintiff was employed as an electrician and claims to have been subjected to a sexually hostile work environment; during her tenure, her personal property was defaced, and she was addressed in derogatory language.

The plaintiff further claims to have endured several retaliatory suspensions that arose from her reporting infractions by male colleagues, including sexual harassment. According to the lawsuit, the plaintiff filed a claim of discrimination with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission on Nov. 5, 2014. After her employment was terminated on Nov. 19, she filed another complaint in Feb. 2015.

Sexual harassment is illegal, and Texas workers do not have to endure it. All workers have the right to speak up against harassment, and support is available. An experienced employee rights attorney can provide guidance in reporting harassment. A lawyer can also protect the legal rights of a victim and support him or her throughout the legal proceedings required to hold an employer accountable for damages suffered at a hostile workplace.

Source: pennrecord.com, "Female electrician alleges sexual harassment at Amtrak", Carol Ostrow, Nov. 5, 2015

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