A woman in western North Carolina is suing her former employer, a grocery store chain, Ingles. She contends that she was sexually harassed on the job and was fired after she complained to the store manager.
Sexual harassment in the workplace often gets disguised as a joke. Someone may tell an insulting joke about a certain gender, for instance, or insist that their sexual comments about a co-worker were "just a joke" and were not anything too serious.
Business owners wouldn't get very far without the quality employees who build their practices and gain them clients. But this universal truth has not stopped some employers from unfairly restricting their workers' needs. When all else fails, it may be time to bring a lawsuit against a business and convince them to either do the right thing or pay the price for failing to do it.
A nurse's aide in another state recently filed a federal lawsuit alleging that she was discriminated against by other staff because she was transgender.
One of the most troubling emotional aspects of sexual harassment in the workplace is how quickly it can make a strong individual feel victimized. No one ever wants to feel powerless and weak or helpless to prevent unwanted workplace behaviors.
Sexual harassment in the workplace is still terribly common. In some industries, sexual harassment is so prevalent that people essentially get numb to some of the actions they see.
When you acquire employment doing work that you enjoy, chances are you don't want to "rock the boat" by tattling on your co-workers or supervisors. At the same time, experiencing sexual harassment at work can suck all of the contentment you initially felt out of your job. Without a doubt, these situations can have a lasting effect on your job enjoyment as well as other areas of your life.
One of the most disturbing effects of sexual harassment at work is feeling fearful about what might happen if you report it. Will the harasser talk about you behind your back? Will your boss fire you? Will the harasser become violent or more persistent? Will your coworkers and superiors believe you and support you?
In North Carolina, many workers struggle with different forms of harassment. A recent report from Oxfam ranks North Carolina among the five states with the worst working conditions. Sexual harassment in the workplace continues to plague employees in some organizations.
Here is a scenario for you to consider. You go to work every day and perform your duties as required despite ongoing sexual harassment on the part of a superior. You have told him or her that you are not interested and asked that the behaviors cease. Unfortunately, the harassment continues. Should you file a complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) at this stage?