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Sexual harassment could lead to harmful work environments

Many people have to deal with unfair situations at some point in their lives. When the unfairness relates to employment endeavors, the scenario can seem even more difficult to handle. Unfortunately, many workers face sexual harassment and other negative treatment while on the job, and they often suffer due to inaction from supervisors and other staff.

California residents may be interested in a sexual harassment case that was recently filed by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Reports stated that a female worker at a fitness establishment was terminated from her position after complaining about unwanted physical contact and comments from a male supervisor. It was also noted that another female worker was apparently subjected to such harassment while on the job at the same establishment. 

The EEOC first tried to come to a settlement with the business, but after attempts were unsuccessful, the EEOC moved forward with filing a lawsuit. It is believed that the establishment created a harmful work environment for its workers by not addressing their complaints. Legal representation for the fitness establishment stated that the company felt assured that the pending litigation would show that the claims were unwarranted.

Sexual harassment can have a number of negative impacts on victims, and when complaints go unaddressed and workers face retaliation, the situation can seem almost unbelievable. However, it is a sad reality that many workers do face such environments while trying to carry out their work duties. If California workers believe that they were harassed while on the job, they may want to determine whether taking legal action of their own could suit their circumstances.

Source: chicagotribune.com, "EEOC sues Lakeshore Sport and Fitness, alleges workplace harassment", Alexia Elejalde-Ruiz, Sept. 21, 2017

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