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Did sexual harassment claim lead to woman being fired?

Every worker in Texas is entitled to a workplace free from discrimination and harassment. Most employers have policies and procedures in place to prevent a hostile work environment, but not every company's employees, supervisors and managers adhere to these legally mandated restrictions. When a worker files a sexual harassment claim with a supervisor, it is expected that the allegations will be taken seriously. If that does not happen, the victim has the right to pursue all of the legal remedies available.

For example, a woman recently filed a lawsuit against her employer and others after she was wrongfully terminated. A company hired her as a security guard in her state. Not too long after she started working, her co-worker asked her to go with him to a hotel -- presumably for the purpose of having sex.

She lodged a complaint with her supervisor. She alleges, however, that instead of rectifying the situation, the Pennsylvania woman's supervisor began harassing her and ultimately fired her. She claims that she had a good performance record prior to being terminated. In her lawsuit, she is requesting damages and for the company to correct the atmosphere of retaliation and discrimination that was pervasive when she was an employee.

It will be up to the court presiding over her sexual harassment claim to determine whether her allegations are true. Just as would be the case here in Texas, both the monetary and non-monetary damages she is requesting could be awarded. No one should have to endure the conditions under which this woman alleges she was forced to work.

Source:, "Worker claims firing had ties to sexual harassment", Robert Hadley, April 8, 2016

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