An employee reports improper behavior then faces harassment or retaliatory acts from their superiors in an effort to keep the employee quiet and sweep the accusations under the rug. It’s a common and unfortunate scenario. Harassment and retaliation in the workplace is a direct violation of employment laws established in California and across the country. A woman in another state filed a wrongful termination lawsuit over claims that she endured sexual harassment from the CEO of her former company.
According to the lawsuit, the woman met the defendant at an employee orientation. The plaintiff said she began receiving sexually suggestive emails from a man going by a different name than the defendant not long after her orientation. Allegedly, another female employee had received the same type of emails from a man with the same name, only to discover later that it was the CEO.
The plaintiff claims that she was harassed by the defendant after confronting him. She also claims that she was subjected to baseless drug tests in retaliation. Although her drug tests came back negative, the woman was fired, according to allegations. The woman seeks damages in excess of $10 million.
Losing a job as a result of retaliation can affect a person’s psychological, emotional and financial well-being. Those in California who believe they suffered loss of employment for any unjust reason could benefit from discussions with an employment law attorney. A successfully litigated lawsuit may result in reinstatement, if desired, as well as financial relief that could offset any financial hardships that might have occurred due to this traumatic experience.