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Texans may fear retaliation for reporting sexual harassment

Inappropriate remarks and actions in the workplace can make anyone feel uncomfortable. When such actions are carried out by superiors, many individuals may feel uncertain when it comes to addressing the situation in the best manner possible. Because many Texas residents may fear retaliation on the job, they may consider not speaking out against sexual harassment

Unfortunately, retaliation does occur in some cases. For instance, one woman in another state was recently terminated from her job in an act that she believes was retaliatory. Reports stated that the woman worked as a nurse at a health care facility where a doctor in charge had participated in sexually harassing actions, which led the woman to feel uncomfortable at her place of employment. She asked the doctor to stop his actions on multiple occasions, but he apparently continued. 

As a result, the woman filed a complaint with the Human Resources department. Though she was told her claim would be investigated, she later received written counseling and was then dismissed from her position. She believes that her reporting of the sexual harassment contributed to her termination. As a result, she has filed a lawsuit against the company for which she worked. 

No one should feel obligated to deal with sexual harassment on the job. Though retaliation for filing a complaint may be a real fear, Texas residents may rest easier knowing that they have legal options for addressing wrongful termination and other retaliatory actions. If individuals believe they have been the victims of such wrongdoing, they may wish to consult with experienced attorneys regarding their options. 

Source:, "Nurse sues CMH in Bolivar for sexual harassment, wrongful termination", Gene Hartley, March 29, 2017

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