Blog Posts: sexual harassment
A Burger King franchisee agreed to pay $150,000 to a former employee to settle a sexual-harassment lawsuit brought by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). According to the lawsuit, a supervisor repeatedly harassed a teenage crew member. The crew member complained to management but, according to the lawsuit, her complaints were ignored. She finally quit in order to protect herself.
In what's believed to be the largest workplace-harassment ever in the U.S., a federal jury awarded a former cardiac surgery physician assistant $168 million in a sexual-harassment and hostile-environment lawsuit against Mercy Hospital in Sacramento, California. Lost wages and benefits accounted for $3.5 million of the award and mental anguish for $39 million. The jury awarded a whopping $125 million in punitive damages.
Ah, Valentine's Day. The time for love, kisses, flowers, chocolate and romance — all things that might get you in trouble at the office. There's a fine line between lighthearted fun and sexual harassment. Where do you draw the line? Where does harmless flirtation stop and sexual harassment begin? Here are examples of behaviors you should avoid in the workplace — on Valentine's Day and every other day:
Supreme Court Considers Sex-Discrimination Class-Action Suit against Walmart The U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments last week on whether six women alleging workplace sex discrimination may represent as many as 1.5 million other women in a class-action lawsuit against Walmart, the nation's largest retailer. The issue before the Court is not whether discrimination occurred, but whether all of the women alleging discrimination have enough in common to join together in one lawsuit.