The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) issued a media release yesterday about a settlement in a lawsuit that they filed on behalf of a worker at an air conditioning company in North Texas. Misty Kratky was the only female employee at her office, the Kennedale, TX facility of Hobson Air Conditioning, Inc. and was subjected to crude sexual comments, requests, touching and behavior by her manager. After reporting the harassment to higher management, the EEOC says that no apparent action was taken against the manager, and there was no change in his conduct. Ms. Kratky felt that she had no choice but to quit her job. The settlement in this case pays Ms. Kratky $37,500 and mandates some changes in sexual harassment training and reporting protocols at the company, as well as mandatory reporting of any sexual harassment complaints within the company to the EEOC for a period of five years.
The EEOC receives over ten thousand complaints of sexual harassment every year. In many cases, they find that there is no merit in the claim, but thousands of cases have merit, and the victims in these cases have options to seek an end to the harassing behavior, or seek compensation for damages that the behavior has caused. The important thing is that no one should have to tolerate this kind of inappropriate behavior at work. Sometimes co-workers in a male-dominated workplace such as Hobson may not understand the seriousness of their actions. There are consequences to these kinds of behaviors, however.
If you believe that you are the victim of sexual harassment in your workplace, speak with an experienced Seattle employment lawyer immediately. You should be allowed to go to work every day, do your job in peace, and not be subjected to harassment at the hands of co-workers or supervisors. Perhaps even more importantly, if you make a complaint about a co-worker, that complaint should be taken seriously, and never ignored. At Premier Law Group, I have been able to help many clients who have been victims of sexual and other kinds of harassment in the workplace, and I will work hard to bring the best possible resolution to your harassment situation. For more information and a FREE CONSULTATION call me at (206)285-1743.