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Woman claims employer retaliation for reporting sexual harassment

A Huntington, West Virginia, woman filed a lawsuit on May 10, 2017, against against her former employer, Sheetz, in Cabell Circuit Court. In her lawsuit, she alleges that she was wrongfully terminated from her full-time position at the popular gas station chain because she reported unwanted sexual advances made toward her by her male boss.

The filing highlights how the last few months she worked for the gas station chain were particularly difficult for her. She claims she was both sexually exploited and harassed. She chronicles how her supervisor routinely made indecent and sexually suggestive comments to her. He also is alleged to have rubbed his body against the plaintiff's in an inappropriate, self-gratifying fashion.

When the woman reported these occurrences to the assistant store manager where she worked, the plaintiff alleges that the woman decided to take retaliatory action against her as opposed to stopping the abuse. Although she had worked 40 hours a week for the better part of the last two years at the time, she began scheduling her for just 12 hours after reporting her male supervisor's unwanted sexual advances toward her.

In her lawsuit, the victim claims that she faced gender-based discrimination and sexual exploitation, both of which created a unwelcome work environment for her. She argues that Sheetz' responsibility was to have provided her with a safe environment to work in. She argues that they breached their duty by allowing her boss to continue engaging in behaviors that threatened her personal safety.

The woman is seeking amount of both punitive and compensatory damages.

Gender-based discrimination and sexual harassment in the workplace are all too common. If you feel you've been treated differently at your job or retaliated against because of your gender, then a Charleston, West Virginia, workplace discrimination attorney can advise you in your case.

Source: West Virginia Record, "Woman files wrongful termination, sexual harassment case against Sheetz," Kyla Asbury |, June 01, 2017

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