Sexual Harassment and Gender Injustice

Sexual Harassment in Office

  • Discrimination in hiring, firing, layoffs, transfers, promotions, etc.
  • Retaliation for Refusing Sexual Advances
  • Harassment and Hostile Environments Because of Gender
  • Harassers may be supervisors, co-workers, or non-employees
  • The law provides for legal actions against employers.
  • Compensation for emotional distress and lost pay is available
  • Punitive damages and attorney fees are available

Discrimination occurs when one gender is favored over another. Discrimination may include pay, fringe benefits, hiring, assignments, layoffs, training or other work conditions.

Discrimination may result when a supervisor retaliates against an employee for refusing sexual advances. Sexual harassment can include sexually explicit comments that humiliate, demoralizes, or otherwise substantially interferes with one’s ability to work by creating a hostile environment.  Not all sex harassment is explicitly sexual.  For example persistent and negative comments about women in general can be a form of sexual harassment.

A company that allows sexual discrimination or harassment may be required to pay for the injury and suffering caused by harassment and hostility inflicted by managers or co-workers.  A court may require a company or corporation to take corrective measures to end hostility and harassment on its premises and facilities.

Examples of Recent cases can be helpful in understanding the law of sex discrimination, sexual harassment, and gender injustice:

  • JP Morgan-Chase Pays $1,450,000.00 to Settle Sex Discrimination Class-Action Lawsuit A lawsuit brought by the EEOC on behalf of female mortgage brokers was settled for $1,450,000 and an agreement to revamp employment procedures.  The lawsuit alleged that JPMorgan Chase maintained a sexually hostile work environment towards female employees in a facility in Columbus Ohio.  The settlement will be allocated among 16 female employees who participated.
  • Wal-Mart to Pay $87,500 for Unlawful Retaliation against Sex Discrimination Complaint Wal-Mart Associates, Inc. et al paid $87,500 to settle an EEOC lawsuit alleging that two adult children were rejected for jobs because of their mother’s prior sex discrimination complaint.  The lawsuit charged that after a woman filed a sexual discrimination claim against Walmart, the company retaliated against her by denying applications for entry-level positions submitted.
  • Jury Verdict of $1,250,000 against “Middle Aged Sexual Bully” A jury awarded a verdict of $1.25 million against Paul’s Big M Grocer in Oswego New York after hearing testimony of 10 female plaintiff’s, most of whom were teenagers.  Ruling on a post-trial motion to reduce punitive damages, the judge described the women’s testimony as “to put it mildly, devastating in terms of describing [the.