Clerk of Court Alleges Sexual Harassment, Retaliation
A Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Parish Clerk of Court has been accused of not only sexual harassment, but also of retaliation. This week, a sexual harassment lawsuit was filed by a 9--year employee of the Clerk's office. The sexual harassment victim alleges that she was fired as an act of retaliation after she reported the Clerk's sexual harassment towards her.
Retaliation for bringing a sexual harassment complaint, either to management at the job or to the EEOC or WSHRC is unlawful. Under Washington State Law, it is unlawful for an employer to take an "adverse employment action" (changing the job conditions, for example, cutting hours, demotions, and/or firing) because an employee has made a good faith sexual harassment complaint (or a complaint based on harassment of a protected category, such as race, religion, sexual orientation, etc.). Therefore, even though Washington is otherwise an "at will" employment state, an employer cannot legally terminate an employee for making a complaint to management about sexual harassment in the workplace.
If you have been sexually harassed and work and you made a complaint to management and experienced a termination, demotion, or a reduction in hours, you may have a retaliation case. You should contact and experienced attorney as soon as possible, as there are strict time limitations on sexual harassment claims under state and Federal law. Call us today at 888-320-7936 or sign up for a free and confidential consultation today.