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Male victims of sexual harassment have legal options in Texas

Unwanted sexual advances can affect both men and women. When sexual harassment takes place in a work environment, men and women should feel comfortable reporting the harassment and seeing the necessary actions taken. Unfortunately, there are many cases in which supervisors may not take the proper steps to address the issues, and victims may need to pursue legal action.

Texas residents may be interested in a sexual harassment case currently underway in another state. Reports indicated that a male police officer was harassed by a female superior while on the job. The woman made sexual advances, inappropriate comments and used the man's personal information to stay in contact. Reports indicated that this inappropriate behavior continued for approximately a year. Though the man reported the incidents to a male superior, his claims were laughed off. 

After he filed his claim, the female superior reportedly retaliated against the man by way of filing a harassment claim against him. An investigation into the claim yielded no criminal charges, but he was demoted. Due to the inaction on the part of his employer in regards to addressing his harassment claims, the man contacted the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, which provided him with a right-to-sue letter. 

Because many sexual harassment cases involving male victims are often considered somehow less serious than ones with female victims, men are often less likely to come forward after being subjected to inappropriate and unwanted behavior. However, no one should feel uncomfortable in the workplace. Texas workers who have been the victims of such mistreatment at work may wish to consider filing lawsuits of their own in order to have their cases addressed.

Source:, "Cop says female boss sexually harassed him, sues Wayne County", Tresa Baldas, Jan. 2, 2017

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