Some employees in Florida may wonder how to handle a sexual harassment situation when a colleague in a senior or client partner position takes advantage of a subordinate. One such scenario occurred in Alaska when an entry-level worker received inappropriate texts from a male team member who was in a high ranking position. The woman did not solicit any attention from the senior team member and was caught by surprise when she starting receiving the messages.
Although the sexual harassment situation was reported to human resources and evaluated, no communication was expressed to indicate that the offender was reprimanded or suspended. The situation continued to escalate when the harassment victim left her job and started working for one of the previous employer’s clients. Unfortunately, the new position presented a flash from the victim’s past when she was delegated the responsibility of working on a project that required communication with the offender.
Despite her proactive courage to warn her new employer about the harasser’s behavior and rumors that he had also sexually harassed others, the woman felt compelled to remain loyal to her new employer. She chose to remain passive, fearing that her employer would lose the client’s business. This type of situation not only jeopardizes the safety of employees but can cause employers to be sued based on their refusal to correct the situation.
When profit becomes more important than taking sexual harassment complaints seriously, an employment law attorney can investigate the situation. If substantial proof is available and an employer has not enforced regulations, the attorney may be able to file an employer liability lawsuit.