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Statistics of sexual harassment in the workplace

In a new poll conducted by Washington, D.C.-based nonpartisan digital media and survey research company Morning Consult, it was found out that 45% of female respondents were touched in an unwarranted sexual nature by colleagues in the workplace and have experienced unsolicited, unwanted, and unnecessary physical advances. Another survey, conducted by international women’s fashion magazine Cosmopolitan, showed that one in three women has experienced sexual harassment at some point in their lives at work.

Tom Spiggle, lawyer and author of the book You’re Pregnant? You’re Fired: Protecting Mothers, Fathers, and Other Caregivers in the Workplace, said sometimes women refuse to report instances of sexual harassment in the workplace to the proper authorities, noting, “it is a combination of two factors: first, the real difficulties of fighting sexual harassment, and second, a mistaken belief that the option is to do nothing or wage an all-out battle.”

Employees in the state of Texas are entitled to a wide range of legal protections under state and federal law, so if your employer is treating you improperly or you feel that your rights in the workplace may have been violated, get in touch with our attorneys at The Melton Law Firm, who provide legal services to our clients in Austin or other areas in the state by calling our offices today at (512) 330-0017.

Lake Jackson employee claims wrongful termination

Lake Jackson resident Kristin Lee Dial filed a complaint in the Houston Division of the Southern District of Texas against Shell Deer Park Refinery. Dial claims she was wrongfully terminated from her post after she reported a sexual harassment incident.

According to the lawsuit, Dial had a short-lived relationship with her co-worker, Christopher Carrizales, outside of the workplace. Dial said during her employment from August 2014 through December 2014, she was sexually harassed by Carrizales after she ended her relationship with him. She then reported Carrizales’ behavior to her team leader, Benjamin Stafford, who told her if she reported the incident to human resources, she and Carrizales would be terminated from their posts.

Our attorneys at The Melton Law Firm provide legal services for clients in Austin and other areas of Texas. We handle employment issues such as discrimination, sexual harassment, and equal pay, among others. Contact us at (512) 330-0017 to learn more about your legal options.

EEOC settles sexual harrassment lawsuit against Texas Roadhouse

The United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) announced on Wednesday, September 21 that a Texas Roadhouse franchisee in Ohio settled a 1.4 million dollar lawsuit lodged against it.

The EEOC said restaurant manager Eric Price subjected female employees, including teenagers, to inappropriate touching and requests for sexual favors in exchange for employment benefits. Even though he received numerous complaints since 2007, he wasn’t taken off his post until May 2011 when surveillance video showed him inappropriately touching a 17-year-old in his office.

Ellen Toth, an attorney, said the lesson in this case is that “employers have to be able to show their employees and prove to a judge or jury that they promptly, thoroughly and honestly investigated each complaint they received. This lesson is magnified when an employer receives complaints of physical touching of underage women.” Under the settlement contract, the companies need to track and report all discrimination and retaliation complaints in accordance to a five-year consent decree.

Toth said retail and restaurant operations far from corporate headquarters may want to practice reporting such complaints by giving contact information for regional and corporate human resource professionals. Other options include providing anonymous Internet and telephone hotlines and scheduling regional and division management to make unannounced visits during non-peak hours to uncover hidden issues.

If you suffered injustice or maltreatment at your place of work in Austin or another area of Texas, get in touch with our attorneys at The Melton Law Firm by calling our offices today at (512) 330-0017. We can file the appropriate lawsuit against the people responsible for your mistreatment.

Gender Discrimination Suit Filed Against City of Austin

A member of the Austin police force is suing the city for gender discrimination. The officer filing the complaint, Aaron Van Bishop, took legal action after his supervisors allegedly ignored his complaints that he was being sexually harassed by a female co-worker.

The co-worker in question, Brenda Bermudez, filed a lawsuit herself last year claiming that she had been sexually harassed by several male co-workers. She also claimed that she was the victim of retaliation from her supervisors after reporting the instances of sexual assault.

Bishop, however, claims that Bermudez wrongfully accused him of sexually harassing her, and when he reported to his supervisors that Bermudez had sexually harassed him, no action was taken.

Sexual harassment on the job is a very serious matter, and if you have been the victim of sexual harassment at your place of work, you deserve a chance to pursue justice. Contact the Austin sexual harassment lawyers of The Melton Law Firm, at (512) 330-0017 to find out more about your legal rights and options and to discuss your situation with an experienced professional.

Sexual harassment suit filed by Austin detective against the city

Detective Brenda Bermudez of the Austin Police Department in Texas recently filed a lawsuit against the city after claiming that her co-police officers and the department treated her unfairly in the workplace, KVUE reported on December 31.

Bermudez stated that her co-workers retaliated against her and provided a hostile working environment after she reported sexual harassment performed by her colleagues while she was a team member in the Human Trafficking Unit in 2010.

According to the lawsuit, Bermudez accused her male co-workers of molesting unclothed female victims in sting operations. She was then often teased if she would do the same to the nude female prostitution victims who they rescued, as she was a lesbian. In this way, she was often the subject of offensive jokes.

When she reported the behavior, she was transferred to a different department, while no measures were taken against the colleagues she claimed acted inappropriately.

Workers enjoy legal protections in the state of Texas. Do not hesitate to file a lawsuit against your employer or other parties if these rights are trampled on; call the employment attorneys of the The Melton Law Firm in Austin at (512) 330-0017 today to begin taking action.

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