For decades, women in the American workforce have endured harassment and other discriminatory acts virtually in silence. Years and years passed with no significant changes. However, in the last 20 years, the awareness of gender discrimination in the workplace has increased significantly. Women in California and across the nation have pushed back and are courageously standing up for their rights. Recently, a jury in Los Angeles awarded an ex-employee $31 million after she was allegedly subjected to discrimination and harassment at work.
The woman worked for a dental supply company as a materials buyer. The lawsuit said that the woman was subjected to lewd and harassing comments. Some of the comments made by co-workers allegedly called the woman old and dumb.
In the lawsuit, the plaintiff claimed that her employer had a plan to replace her and her entire department with younger workers whom they did not have to pay as much. The woman turned in her letter of resignation but was fired before she could resign, the lawsuit said. Records say the woman was 54 years old at the time of her termination and had worked for the company for 36 years. After an eight-week trial, a jury awarded the plaintiff $31 million in damages.
Behavior such as harassment that was once tolerated and endured by women in the workplace is now being exposed. Discrimination of any kind is illegal in the workplace. California residents who have been affected by harmful and discriminatory acts from an employer could benefit by seeking the services of an experienced legal representative. Damages from a successfully litigated lawsuit could provide compensation for lost wages and give victims a sense of justice.