"TSA has a saying: If you see something, say something," according to Alyssa, a 33-year-old Bronze Star-awarded soldier who used to work at the agency's headquarters. "Little did I know that when I said something, I would be fighting the agency."
Sexual harassment that involves coercion or bullying of a sexual nature is illegal, but it still sometimes occurs in Indiana and other states. One woman in an out-of-state case, who used to work for a university, said she endured sexual harassment by an administrator at that university. She recently filed a civil lawsuit against both the man, who is now retired, and the university.
When people are sexually harassed in Indiana or elsewhere, they understandably feel violated. This type of illegal behavior is grounds to pursue a sexual harassment claim. In one out-of-state case, a sexual harassment lawsuit filed by two women was recently settled.
Many sexual harassment situations in the workplace in Indiana involve hostile environments, which employers are legally obligated to prevent. In one recent out-of-state case, a group of both former and current employees at a dental office have decided to file a claim against the practice for allowing its female employees to be sexually harassed. They described the office as being a playground for sexual harassment.
Sexual harassment remains a real problem in workplaces in Indiana and other states and is grounds for litigation, as it is illegal. One woman in another state recently accused a business of permitting workplace sexual harassment. The allegations come after the worker said the company retaliated against her when she refused her boss's sexual advances and reported them.
Sexual harassment in the workplace in Indiana occurs when a work environment becomes hostile due to pervasive and persistent sexual conduct or attention. One woman in another state said she was a victim of sexual harassment at her workplace: a police department. She thus filed a lawsuit, which will end up costing the department over $500,000 in damages.
Sexual harassment can harm a person's self-esteem and even his or her career prospects in Indiana. One individual in another state said she was the victim of sexual harassment at the hospital for which she used to work. To pursue damages, she has filed a lawsuit against the hospital.
Being sexually harassed in the workplace can be degrading and demeaning to an individual; this is why it is considered a form of sex discrimination against which workers in Indiana and other states are protected. One car dealership in another state was recently accused of sexual harassment. It has decided to settle the suit for $30,000.
When an employer chooses to sexually harass an employee in Indiana, this employer may be held accountable through the legal system. In one out-of-state case, a former mayor, her husband and a bakery have been sued for sexual harassment as well as retaliation. A woman who claimed to have been victimized by them recently filed a legal suit against them as a result.
Being taken advantage of sexually in an Indiana workplace may make a person feel as though he or she lacks value, thus decreasing his or her quality of life. One woman in another state said the mayor of the city for which she used to work sexually harassed her repeatedly and eventually terminated her wrongfully. She has since filed a sexual harassment suit against both the mayor and the city.