What to do if you are being sexually harassed at work?

One of the most difficult and stressful employment situations involves an employee who is experiencing sexual harassment.  Sexual harassment can range from inappropriate comments from a co-worker to outright physical assault.  Both males and females can be subjected to sexual harassment and there is no clear line from where flirting and banter crosses over into… Read More

Federal Jury Awards Lifeguard $3.5 Million in Damages for Sexual Harassment by Supervisor

A federal jury in the District of Columbia has awarded $3.5 million to a former public pool lifeguard who says she was sexually harassed by a supervisor. The plaintiff was a life guard at the Takoma aquatic center in the summer of 2006 when she said her boss, harassed her, asked her out on dates,… Read More

Federal Judge sets trial date for Phenix City Police Gender Discrimination Suit

A federal judge has scheduled an April trial date for a gender discrimination lawsuit filed by a female Phenix City police sergeant.  Sgt. Christina J. Presley filed suit against Phenix City alleging she lost a promotion and was improperly suspended in 2009 for disobeying orders related to her refusal to jail a suspect of second-degree assault.   The plaintiff claimed she was treated… Read More

What Federal Laws protect Alabama employees?

As an employment lawyer in Alabama, one of the questions I am most often asked by prospective clients is what laws protect an employee from illegal or improper treatment in the workplace.  The answer to this question would take pages to answer completely, but I thought it would be worth addressing the basic framework of… Read More

Physician Assistant Awarded $168 Million in Sexual Harassment Lawsuit

A California jury awarded a female physician assistant $168 million dollars in damages after being subjected to severe sexual harassment and discrimination related to her Armenian heritage. During her two year employment at Sacramento’s Mercy General Hospital, the employee made at least 18 complaints related sexual and racial harassment.  Although the harassment involved numerous employees… Read More

Female Huntsville Firefighter Claims Retaliation for Reporting Sexual Harassment

The Huntsville Times recently reported that a female Huntsville firefighter has alleged that she was retaliated against after filing a sexual harassment complaint.  Donna Grimwood contends that a former boyfriend and fellow firefighter propositioned her for sex, insulted her in front of colleagues and physically assaulted her by grabbing her breasts.  Grimwood reported the behavior to her captain and made… Read More

So I have been discriminated against by my employer, what now?

Whether it be race, age, gender discrimination or sexual harassment, how an employee handles a discrimination issue from the beginning can make all the difference.  It can impact not only your career but also the successfulness of a lawsuit should one become necessary.  While there is no standard procedure that applies to all circumstances, there are a… Read More

Montgomery Jury Awards over $1 Million to Plaintiffs in Hostile Work Environment

On Friday, a federal jury returned a verdict of more than $1 million to three women who alleged they were racially and sexually harassed by a female administrator at Alabama State University.  The jury found that the school had allowed an administrator to create a racially and sexually hostile work environment and that the women were then retaliated against after they… Read More

How do I make a complaint of discrimination against my employer?

This is one of the most common questions an employment lawyer receives.  The answer varies depending on the situation, however, a couple of common routes typically apply. If your employer has provided you with an employee handbook, the process for making a complaint for race, gender, age, or disability discrimination is usually included in the handbook.  At… Read More