Loss of employment is an experience that can have significant impacts on any person, both psychologically and financially. This experience can be especially traumatic when employment is lost as a result of harassment and/or discrimination. In Massachusetts and other states, there are laws in place to protect workers from harassment and discrimination. A woman in another state filed a lawsuit after alleged harassment and discrimination led to what she claims was a wrongful termination.
The woman worked for a convenience store chain. According to the lawsuit, the plaintiff worked 40 hours a week for a period of about two years. Allegedly, during her employment, the plaintiff was subjected to sexual exploitation by a co-worker. The plaintiff says that her co-worker made outrageously indecent and sexually explicit comments toward her.
The plaintiff claims that, when she reported the incidents, her work schedule was reduced from 40 hours a week to 12 hours a week as a means of retaliation. The plaintiff says that she was eventually fired by the assistant store manager when she further complained about the sexual exploitation. The lawsuit claims that the defendant failed to provide a safe work environment and wrongfully terminated the plaintiff. The plaintiff seeks compensatory and punitive damages.
Even in this day and time, discrimination still occurs and continues to be a real problem. This lawsuit is just one example of how workers can fight back against discrimination and harassment in the workplace. Any Massachusetts resident that feels he or she has been a victim of wrongful termination may be entitled to take legal action. Damages awarded from a successfully litigated lawsuit could provide a sense of justice as well as vital financial relief.
Source: wvrecord.com, "Woman files wrongful termination, sexual harassment case against Sheetz", Kyla Asbury, June 1, 2017