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Sexual harassment complaint led to New Jersey woman's firing?

A safe and positive work environment is what most employees hope for. Looking forward to friendly and helpful co-workers as well as an encouraging workplace can cause an employee to love their job. However, workplaces do occasionally turn unsafe when one or more workers participate in negative behavior. No worker, including New Jersey employees, wants to deal with unseemly actions such as sexual harassment but unfortunately, instances do occur.


One New Jersey woman is filing a claim against her previous employer as she cites reporting animal abuse and sexual harassment as reasons for her being fired. The woman states that she witnessed the grooming department manager of a large chain pet supply store roughly treating dogs as well as grabbing female employees, including the woman, and poking them on their breasts. As the incidents occurred repeatedly, the woman reported the manager to another superior.

The claim went through proper channels for filing a complaint, and the woman was assured it would remain confidential. However, the woman noticed negative changes toward her at the workplace, including being cut from a training program and her work tools going missing. The claim also reports that the woman was fired not long after her complaint. The woman alleges her termination was in order to keep her quiet about the complaints.


The filing of the claim against the place of employment is still going through the legal process. Anyone dealing with sexual harassment in the workplace or feel they were wrongly terminated may find looking into relevant New Jersey laws beneficial. Taking actions may be the right course to ensure work place safety as well as to protect important legal rights.


Source: mycentraljersey.com, "Flemington woman accuses Raritan Boro Petco of firing her for complaining of dog abuse, sexual harassment," Mark Spivey, June 6, 2013

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