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Woman files sexual harassment claim against county

Being sexually harassed on the job in New Jersey can be demeaning for an employee. If the individual tries to fight for justice by complaining about the inappropriate treatment and then gets fired, this can feel like a slap in the face -- not to mention the pocketbook. One woman in another state is currently facing this unfortunate sexual harassment situation.

The female county employee recently filed a suit against her employer after she said she reported workplace sexual harassment and was terminated. The suit was filed in early June. The woman said she’d been working for her employer in various positions since 2001.

In the spring of 2011, she said a constable started to harass her sexually. He reportedly made sexual comments not only to her but also other female staff members. The woman said she reported the behavior to multiple supervisors, although she claims that they did nothing of any substance. She further asserts that a fraudulent external investigation followed. The employee ended up filing an Equal Employment Opportunity Commission complaint in the summer of 2012.

The woman was terminated three days later, she said. As part of her retaliation and sexual harassment suit, she is seeking the reinstatement of her job as well as benefits, damages and lost wages. If a person in New Jersey faces sexual harassment -- which can include undesired sexual advances or being pressured to have sex with a supervisor in order to get a promotion, for example -- he or she has the right to seek to hold the employer responsible for the illegal treatment through a civil court claim.

Source: The Southeast Texas Record, "Galveston County sued after firing employee who reported sexual harassment", Annie Cosby, June 9, 2014

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