A woman employee at a Shoney's restaurant in Quincy and the company have dismissed a sexual harassment lawsuit that the woman was pursuing against the company. This comes after a mutual agreement between the two parties.
Although the woman settled the lawsuit, the allegations against the company were very serious. In her lawsuit the woman said that she was harassed by supervisors at work, and sought help from Shoney's management when she refused to let the sexual harassment go on. She was also injured during the time of the harassment, and she claimed that Shoney's managers accused her of not working, even though she was told no light-duty work was available to her.
The woman also said that as a result of the treatment by the company when she was injured, she was unable to receive workers' compensation, lost her home because she couldn't pay the mortgage and had to move out of the state in order to avoid being homeless.
These accusations were very severe and show how extreme elements of harassment can be. Sometimes victims of sexual harassment in West Virginia aren't sure where to turn. They try to handle some situations themselves, but the issue only worsens.
Speaking with an experienced employment law attorney might be a wise decision if a person thinks that they are the victim of sexual harassment. People deserve to be treated with respect while they are at work, and an attorney can help ensure that their rights are preserved while they seek to end harassment.
Source: The West Virginia Record, "Lawsuit against Shoney's for harassment settled," Kyla Asbury, Sept. 24, 2013