Workplace fairness has come a long way for women over the last couple of decades, but there’s a long way to go. Sure, women are often paid less than their male counterparts, but even receiving decent treatment as a human seems challenging at times for women across America. While not all mistreatment in the workplace is leally actionable, there are a lot of times when it is. Let’s take a look at one recently filed sexual harassment case that may serve as an example for you.
Los Angeles Police Department accused of sexual harassment
A woman recently filed a lawsuit against the City of Los Angeles claiming that she was forced out of a coveted position after being sexually harassed and belittled as a woman and retaliated against for raising concerns. According to the lawsuit, the woman, who was a police officer with LAPD for 15 years, was subjected to objectification and sexually degrading conversations about women. She also alleges that her subordinates often disregarded her commands and refused to assist her when she requested assistance in the field.
The woman claims that the situation forced her to resign from a highly sought after position where she worked with the homeless. According to her, the behaviors of her coworkers created a hostile work environment and she was retaliated against after reporting her concerns. She now seeks damages, including damages for mental distress and anxiety.
What cases like this mean for you
It’s easy to hear about these cases and tune them out. After all, there are a lot of sexual harassment, discrimination, and wrongful termination cases filed each year. But the truth of the matter is that there could be a lot more. Individuals simply need to know their rights and take the brave step of acting on them. That’s what this woman did, and what you could choose to do to.
If you want a better sense of where your situation stands from a legal perspective, then you might want to discuss it with an attorney who you can trust to fight for you.