New Jersey readers may be following the case of the female employees of JPMorgan Chase & Co. who pursed a sexual harassment lawsuit against the company. The sexual harassment lawsuit became a federal case and began from allegations that one of the company's offices fostered an improper work environment for females. The company will pay over one million dollars per the court orders and ruling.
The 16 women named in the lawsuit were all mortgage bankers from a JPMorgan location in another state. They will split the 1.5 million dollars between them after their successful pursuit of compensation. The lawsuit claims that there was sexual behavior displayed at the office that was not discouraged or disavowed by the management.
The women also claimed that any female who was not receptive to the overtly sexual atmosphere was excluded from the other employees and denied many opportunities including prospective sales calls. JPMorgan Chase & Co. has acknowledged that such a work environment is improper and unacceptable in the professional world. This admission appears to represent evidence that there were serious problems in this particular office.
Sexual harassment is unacceptable in any professional environment. Women who are victims of this behavior have the right to seek legal assistance and possibly even financial compensation. This particular case perfectly illustrates the importance of speaking out against such deplorable behavior. If a New Jersey woman feels that she may be a victim, but is unsure of how to proceed, she should could substantially benefit from a thorough evaluation of all the options available to her.
Source: News 12 New Jersey, JPMorgan to pay $1.5M to settle harassment case, Sam Hananel, Feb. 4, 2014