Sexual harassment can and does happen in all types of workplace environments, including organizations that provide emergency medical services. In fact, a New Jersey case settled recently after an EMT brought a lawsuit against her former employer. The suit alleged a number of sexual harassment incidents that she said led to her being suspended and then terminated.
The EMT purports that she was initially harassed by a supervisor through inappropriate text messages that indicated he wanted to have a sexual relationship with her. When she did not respond favorably to his alleged requests to have intimate contact, she says that he asked to get together with her under the guise of a work-related meeting. During that private meeting, she contends that he began to discuss items of a sexual nature, which made her uncomfortable.
After the meeting and subsequent concerns as outlined in her lawsuit, the EMT took her grievances to her Chief. He then provided her supervisor with the ability to either resign, or to be suspended and then terminated. The supervisor chose the former. However, the EMT asserts that she was then targeted by a township solicitor whom she claims gave her the same ultimatum -- to either resign or be forced out. When she did not resign, she was suspended from her workplace, although it is unclear under what terms she eventually left her place of employment.
The settlement that has been reached in this New Jersey sexual harassment case is for $25,000. Although the EMT will receive remuneration, the settlement does not include an admission of wrongdoing by the emergency medical services organization. However, it does provide the plaintiff with the monies to move past this difficult experience.
Source: nj.com, "Deptford EMT accepts sexual harassment settlement case sum", Andy Palhamus, May 27, 2014