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Zillow settles sexual harassment lawsuit, among other claims

When a person in West Virginia who is seeking a job finally receives an offer, he or she is likely thrilled with the news. When the job offer comes from a well-known company that appears to becoming increasingly popular, the news is even more exciting. Unfortunately for several employees of Zillow, their experience with the company was apparently unpleasant. The company has recently settled several federal lawsuits, including at least one alleging sexual harassment.

The different cases cover a variety of allegations, including discrimination based on age and race. For example, a number of Black defendants claim that they were referred to derogatorily and that they were moved to the rear of the sales floor. One woman alleges that she was accused of abandoning her job, but she claims she was actually in the hospital.

Another case deals with allegations of sexual harassment. The plaintiff claims that supervisors sent her explicit pictures and texts, discussed the size of her breasts and requested sex. Zillow responded to these allegations by arguing that while certain text messages may have been inappropriate, they were not harassment. However, the company says that it settled the cases, not because it admits wrongdoing, but because settling is in the best interest of the company and employees.

Employees in West Virginia and across the country are protected by federal law in terms of their treatment. If they are a victim of sexual harassment or discrimination, the best option for recourse may be to file a lawsuit against the company. An attorney with experience with employment law can help victims better understand their legal options and take appropriate action.

Source: ocregister.com, "Zillow settles lawsuits stemming from Irvine abuse claims", Jeff Collins, June 2, 2016

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