Dallas residents are likely aware that Texas is an at-will employer, but that doesn't mean that a company should be able to get away with retaliation. In this case, a man claims that when he reported sexual harassment, his company decided to fire him. He claimed that a trainer started making sexually explicit threats and calling him derogatory names in June 2012, about two months after he was hired.
According to the report from Jan. 15, the company told him not to complain to human resources, and Invista then dismissed the trainer and a manager from their jobs. The man reports that he did file a complaint in Aug. 2012, and he was fired shortly thereafter. According to his attorney, the man was allegedly fired due to a safety violation. However, it was reported that a witness had done a similar violation without being disciplined in that way.
The company has denied claims of wrongdoing, and the company's attorney claims that the man didn't exhaust his administrative remedies. He is also allegedly unable to move forward with the lawsuit due to the statute of limitations passing. The company claims that the man's safety violation posed a serious threat to the man's co-workers, which was the reason it let him go.
If you're being harassed at work, you may feel like you don't have many options for fear of retaliation. It's important that you understand that you shouldn't have to work in a hostile working environment. Whether you're facing lewd comments, unwanted sexual advances or have lost a job due to complaining about harassment, you have a right to be heard.
Source: Victoria Advocate, "Former Invista worker claims he was fired for claiming sexual harassment" Jessica Priest, Jan. 15, 2014