Everyone in West Virginia deserves to feel safe in their work environment. Unfortunately, some employees make this impossible for their co-workers. An example of this is playing out in Kanawha Circuit Court right now.
Four women who worked for Shorest LLC said in a lawsuit that they were the victims of sexual harassment that created a hostile work environment. In addition to the initial claim, the women also say that their employer retaliated against them by firing them after they reported the inappropriate behavior.
According to the lawsuit, one Shorest worker repeatedly touched them inappropriately, talked about wanting to do certain sexual acts with them, and asked them to perform sexual acts on him. The women say that a supervisor did not do anything to stop the harassment even though he knew about harassment. In addition to compensatory damages, the plaintiffs are also seeking punitive damages.
Unfortunately, these four women are not alone in being victimized by sexual harassment. Too often, employees in West Virginia and elsewhere are preyed upon by co-workers who think they have the right to behave a certain way. Sexual harassment, however, is illegal. Just like these women have done, others who are victimized by sexual harassment in the workplace can take action.
The best way to hold an individual accountable for wrongful behavior is to start by talking to your human resources department. If no action is taken, filing a lawsuit may be your best option. An attorney can explain how to file a lawsuit against a co-worker or employer.
Source: The West Virginia Record, "Four women file sexual harassment lawsuits against Shorest," Kyla Asbury, April 12, 2013