New Jersey residents may have heard about the sexual harassment lawsuit that was filed by former Fox News anchor Gretchen Carlson. On July 6, Carlson filed a complaint against Fox News CEO Roger Ailes. Carlson alleges that Ailes and her "Fox & Friends" co-host Steve Doocy acted inappropriately towards her during her tenure.
While the Fox News case is getting big headlines, many female workers without a public platform are also suffering career setbacks due to sexual harassment in their workplaces. However, many women who have been sexually harassed are too intimidated to talk about it. Workers who have been sexually harassed by supervisors may fear losing their jobs or worry about embarrassment if they come forward to tell their stories.
Surveys have shown that around 25 percent of women admit that they have been sexually harassed at work. Some employment experts say that the figure may actually be higher because not every worker is willing to admit that they have been sexually harassed. There is also confusion and differing opinions about what constitutes workplace sexual harassment. Behavior that one person thinks is harassment might not be seen as harassment by another person.
A lawyer may be able to help people who believe that they were sexually harassed in the workplace to determine whether the experiences constitute unlawful harassment and discrimination. If there are other employees who have had similar experiences or witnessed some of the harassment, testimony from these witnesses may help to strengthen a worker's case. Inappropriate email exchanges and text messages may also be used as evidence for a sexual harassment or wrongful termination claim.