After allegations of sexual harassment within the West Virginia National Guard emerged, the organization has chosen to speak out about the troubling reports. According to an investigation by a local media source, this chapter of the National Guard has a troubling history with alleged sexual harassment and discrimination against women. The organization has publicly stated its commitment to providing a safe and respectful environment for all servicemen and women.
It has been reported that since 2009, 13 women have come forward with claims of sexual advances and other inappropriate behavior. One women who spoke out claimed that she did not know where to turn for help after being victimized by inappropriate behavior. The Guard insists that it is moving in the right direction by providing an open and honest environment and making it clear that harassment of any kind will not be tolerated.
Sexual harassment can include inappropriate comments regarding gender, sexual preference and appearance. Harassment in the workplace can encompass many types of inappropriate behavior, but workers always have the right to step forward and seek help regarding their options. The West Virginia chapter of the National Guard has stated that it has never punished any soldier for speaking out but, rather, has sought to remedy the situation appropriately.
When a person, no matter his or her gender, feels that he or she has been subjected to sexual harassment and discrimination at work, it is appropriate to seek legal assistance. Victims have the right to speak up about their mistreatment, as well as seek compensation for damages. When facing this type of unfortunate situation, it is often wise to arm oneself with knowledge concerning the legal options that are available.
Source: wsaz.com, "W.Va. National Guard Responds to Sexual Assault and Harassment Investigation", March 27, 2015