On September 26, 2018, the Birmingham, Alabama EEOC office filed a lawsuit against Sys-Con, LLC (“Sys-Con”) based on allegations of sexual harassment that took place at the Montgomery, Alabama Hyundai plant. The complaint alleged that two female employees were sexually harassed by their male supervisor. The female employees claim that a Sys-Con supervisor repeatedly pressured… Read More
Reputation v. Character – Why that question matters in employment law.
John Wooden, one of the greatest coaches of all time, was famously quoted saying that “your character is what you really are, while your reputation is merely what others think you are.” Often times companies and individuals running those companies are obsessed with their “reputation.” They spend substantial amounts of money and time cultivating an… Read More
What would you do if Harvey Weinstein was sexually harassing you?
Recent news headlines about Harvey Weinstein, the Hollywood mogul accused of sexual harassment and sexual abuse by multiple actresses, is a reminder of the use of power to discriminate and harass in the workplace. It has taken years for Mr. Weinstein’s behavior to come to light due to his powerful position in the industry and… Read More
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
Mississippi Grocery Store to Pay $325,000 to Settle Sexual Harassment Lawsuit
The Birmingham, Alabama office of the EEOC recently announced that a Jackson, Mississippi grocery store has agreed to pay $325,000 to settle a sexual harassment lawsuit filed by the government. The EEOC reached a settlement agreement with Venture Inc., which operates a Save-A-Lot grocery store in Jackson. In addition to the monetary settlement, the agreement also… 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
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