Directions In Sexual Harassment Law
Q: Let's see. Weeks lost that job, whether she was fired or
quit (I don't know which). But it's cruel and unusual that
the man should lose his job and maybe have to pay a
settlement for grabbing her and causing her to lose that
job? For harassing other women in the firm?
which instance should he have been fired? The policy from my Ex-employer
states that sexual harassment is grounds for immediate termination.
No warning, no probation, and apparently no exceptions. They were, of course,
very reluctant to spell out the terms of "sexual harassment". Damned if
I have a good handle on it - this isn't even "assault", just "harassment
A: From what I've heard about six women sooner. His rights end where the next person's begin. When he is sexually harassing someone he is impinging on their rights. If he is too confused about that he needs a preschool, not a gauranteed job What is the definition of sexual harassment your employer gives, though? Most included the words "repeated" and "ongoing." However, groping her tits shouldn't need to be repeated. It was wrong. Period Your employer's position is unreasonable and not mandated by the law. Depending on what state you're in and whether you're under contract, if you were fired on such grounds you'd have a cause of action for wrongful termination. But, on to the real heart of your question .... I'll answer anecdotally. This is a true story, from a very large law firm in my state. All names have been changed. At the law firm of Harolds, Ipswitch, Young and Associates, old Harolds was definitely *the* boss. He'd kicked in 50% of the capital when the firm was founded, and Ipswitch and Young had already retired. The firm had about 20 lawyers, roughly a dozen of whom were partners. One fine morning, Harolds' own secretary was out sick, and Vicki (a "swing" secretary) was working that desk. Harolds walked up behind her, reached around and fondled her breasts. Vicki turned around and slapped Harolds hard enough to send him tumbling out into the hall, at the feet of two of the firm's most important clients. Vicki then stomped out of her office and straight to the office of the firm's business manager. She told him what happened, in detail, and added: "I don't have to put up with this. And I like working for this firm. So I'm going to stay, and if you take *any* retaliatory action I'll make you regret it!" So the partners had a meeting. And they told their *boss* -- who'd contributed 50% of the firm's capital -- "You're going to write her a letter of apology. And if you *ever* do this again, we're going to buy out your partnership interest at a discounted rate, pursuant to the Misconduct Clause of our partnership agreement." Harolds wrote the letter of apology, and retired two years later. (He was already in his seventies when the incident occurred.) Vicki's been with the firm for 9 years now, and is a well-respected and very productive secretary. THAT'S how you handle sexual harrassment in the workplace.
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