If you’re being assaulted at work or are having trouble due to discrimination of any kind, you shouldn’t be fired for it when you voice your concerns. In this case out of Brazos County, Texas, a woman is now taking her former employer to court, because she believes she was fired after complaining about alleged sexual harassment that took place on the job. According to the Jan. 3 report about the wrongful termination claim, the woman worked as a cashier at Pepe’s Mexican Cafe, which is owned by M&W Restaurants Inc. The company did not address the complaints, although records confirm her termination, according to the news.
According to the woman, her co-worker started to sexually harass her in December 2011. She claims that he touched her buttocks and gave her lustful looks. The lawsuit claims that the most recent incident happened on March 5, 2013, when the man “grabbed her by the waist and rubbed his clothed genitals on her buttocks.”
The woman claims she reported the incidents to management, but no effort was taken to investigate her allegations. She claims she was wrongfully terminated on March 6, 2013. She does not believe that the store management took care of the problem adequately, and she is now asking for a jury trial.
Situations like these shouldn’t lead to your termination from a job. If you’ve been fired or let go for reasons you think are unlawful, you may have a right to seek compensation from the company. If you are interested in learning about your rights, consider talking with an attorney versed in employment law.
Source: Southeast Texas Record, “Cashier alleges Mexican restaurant fired her for complaining about sexual harassment” John Suayan, Jan. 03, 2014