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Wayfair employee terminated after making harassment complaint

On Behalf of | Jan 17, 2020 | Sexual Harassment At Work

Workers in Florida and throughout the country have the right to do their jobs without being subject to sexual or other forms of harassment. However, one woman said that she was terminated from her position at Wayfair after making a sexual harassment complaint. The employee said that her supervisor groped her and had asked her out on a date. After she denied his request, the supervisor allegedly said bad things about her to others at the company.

After making several complaints to Wayfair management about this person, an investigation was conducted. However, the company deemed her complaint to be without merit as the perpetrator denied the allegations against him. Furthermore, the HR department suggested that the woman talk with her supervisor about how to improve their relationship. The employee was initially reassigned to another department before being terminated. Her termination occurred just days after informing the supervisor that she planned to file a discrimination charge.

According to one survey, 85% of respondents said that they knew how to report a problem at work. However, only 39% said that they thought that doing so would make their situations better. Furthermore, respondents said that they were worried about being retaliated against by the employers. In the case involving the Wayfair employee, the timing of her termination might be seen as retaliation by a judge.

Obtaining South Florida sexual harassment legal assistance may make it easier to get a favorable outcome in an employment law matter. While cases might be resolved in court, an attorney may be able to help a person obtain compensation or other relief through mediation, arbitration or private talks. Text messages, emails or social media posts may be used as evidence that harassment occurred. Witness statements may also be admitted as evidence in a harassment case.