Alabama Employer Faces Sexual Harassment Lawsuit
November 20th, 2012|
Nov. 20, 2012
An Alabama woman who was allegedly sexually assaulted at work by her employer will have a chance to argue her case before federal district court after winning an appeal earlier this summer.
According to court documents in the case of Kurtts v. CSG, the woman began working for Chiropractic Strategies Group (CSG) in July 2007. Over the next four months, the doctor the woman worked for began making lewd comments to her. He began asking for “small favors” in exchange for providing a better work schedule. After his advances went unanswered, he cornered the victim in an empty office while they were alone, turned out the lights, and attacked her. Another employee returning to get keys she had forgotten interrupted the incident.
The victim contacted human resources the next day and submitted the evidence of her claims, but company administrators told her an investigation be unlikely and asked if she wanted her final paycheck.
She later filed an Alabama Sexual Harassment and retaliation lawsuit, but the district court dismissed the case on the grounds that the woman did not follow proper company procedure while reporting the incident. The 11th District Court of Appeals overturned the decision though, after an administrator testified she could not remember the conversation regarding the incident.
The Birmingham Personal Injury Lawyers with Norris Injury Lawyers believe employees have a right to feel safe while at work and would like to wish the victim the best of luck with her case.