July 21st, 2015|
Everyone has a right to protection from inappropriate sexual contact or communication. However, new statistics show that lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) communities on college campuses may be at an exceptionally high risk of becoming the victims of sexual harassment.
A poll shows that LGBT students face more than twice the risk of becoming victims of sexual harassment and sexual violence as heterosexual students. The findings, released by The Huffington Post, show 60 percent of heterosexual students polled experienced non-contact sexual harassment on campus, while more than 70 percent of LGBT students reported being victims of non-contact sexual harassment.
Furthermore, almost 20 percent of LGBT students polled reported harassment on a regular basis. Less than ten percent of heterosexual students reported sexual harassment occurring regularly.
Despite these figures, experts say these numbers may be under reported because of victims’ fears that they will not be taken seriously.
Victims of sexual harassment have rights, and the Birmingham personal injury lawyers at Norris Injury Lawyers are here to help. Call (800) 477-7510 to speak with our legal staff now.
June 24th, 2014|
Sexual harassment can happen to anyone and at any time, especially in the workplace; however, there have been some major shifts in the types of sexual harassment cases that are being reported in recent years.
The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission found that in 2011, there were a total of 11, 364 reports of workplace sexual harassment in the United States. While this was a 36 percent decrease in total number of claims as compared to ten years earlier, there was a steady increase in the number of claims being made during that same time period by males. In 2001, men made only 13.7 percent of sexual harassment claims, whereas in 2011, men made 16.3 percent of claims.
The growing number of men filing claims isn’t the only shift we have seen in sexual harassment claims. The number of incidents involving inappropriate communication through technology has also grown. Most experts will agree that as access to email, cellphones, and file or image sharing outlets has increased, so have the number of complaints regarding sexually inappropriate materials being shared through these outlets. Also on the rise is the amount that is being paid out to sexual harassment victims. In 2011, a total of $52.3 million was given to sexual harassment victims, while only $48.4 million was awarded the previous year.
At Norris Injury Lawyers, our Birmingham personal injury attorneys are here to help if you are being subjected to sexual harassment at your place of employment. Simply give us a call to discuss what we can do for you.
January 28th, 2014|
Sexual harassment charges arise when someone makes unwanted sexual advances towards another person. In many cases, aggressors have a position of authority over their victims. The Birmingham Sexual Harassment Lawyers with Norris Injury Lawyers explain that sexual harassment allegations have come to light at the Julia Tutwiler Prison following an investigation by the U.S. Department of Justice.
Reports from Al.com state the investigation was launched in April 2013 . Officials discovered hundreds of incidents of sexual harassment and abuse that could be documented as far back as 1995. Investigators used interviews, prison documents, and other testing to identify 36 employees at the facility as perpetrators.
Misbehavior included, but was not limited to, staff members watching female inmates shower, exchanging sexually explicit correspondences with inmates, and in some cases, having unauthorized sexual contact with inmates.
Inmates who were interviewed stated that if they failed to cooperate with staff members, they would be subjected to punishment such as being placed in segregation or receiving written violations of the rules.
Alabama officials say they are working to address the issues discovered at the facility.
The Birmingham Personal Injury Lawyers with Norris Injury Lawyers are aware of how difficult overcoming sexual harassment can be, and they are here to help anyone who believes they have been the victim of such actions.
September 17th, 2013|
September 17, 2013
The Alabama Sexual Harassment Lawyers with Norris Injury Lawyers explain that workers have the right to feel safe and secure from unwanted sexual advances. The failure to protect this right could result in the company and the employee responsible for the violations being held liable for damages.
A recent case in Alabama resulted in three women receiving an award of more than $1 million. According to an article from Al.com, the suit alleges that the Special Assistant to the President and Director of Marketing and Communications at Alabama State University and his next in command repeatedly subjected the women to sexual harassment and racial discrimination. Reports indicate racial slurs were commonplace in the office and the women state they were also the victims of unwanted touching and sexual references.
The women accused the university of failing to address complaints against their superiors and retaliating firing them after they reported the incidents to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. A jury agreed and awarded the women $739,500 for pain and suffering the abuse caused and another $660,500 for lost wages and benefits.
Norris Injury Lawyers’ team of Alabama Personal Injury Lawyers is hopeful the decision that was reached in the case will help bring a sense of closure for the three victims.
July 16th, 2013|
July 19, 2013
An Alabama Sexual Harassment Lawsuit has been filed against the former CEO of Birmingham Health Care by a former employee who alleges he forced her into a decade-long sexual relationship.
Court documents show that the companies run and owned by the defendant employed the plaintiff from 2002 to 2012. During this time, the victim worked as a grant writer. But she claims she was also forced to have sexual encounters with the CEO. According to Al.com, their relationship continued throughout the next decade and resulted in two children.
The plaintiff argues that her job and security were threatened unless she continued the relationship. The victim states she was forced to attend business trips and stay in the same room as the defendant. Furthermore, the victim claims the CEO had sexual relationships with other employees of the company.
The filing was made after a judge recently ruled that an initial filing was too “broad-brushed” and failed to tie the accusations to damages that may have been inflicted.
Attorneys for the companies and their CEO have denied any wrongdoing in the matter.
The Alabama Personal Injury Attorneys with Norris Injury Lawyers are aware of how traumatic experiencing sexual harassment in the workplace can be. That is why the firm is hopeful a decision in the case will bring the victim a sense of closure.
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.
September 25th, 2012|
Sept. 25, 2012
Officials in DeKalb County, Alabama, recently arrested their former chief jail administrator and announced plans to prosecute the man after three victims came forward saying he engaged in sexual misconduct, improprieties and harassment in a work setting.
According to an article released by WAAY 31 News, the charges stem from an investigation that began in April. Detectives were able to corroborate the victims’ stories, and the official was found to be in violation of the DeKalb County Commission’s policy on sexual harassment as defined in the county’s Personnel Policy Manual.
He was relieved of his duties in April. On Thursday, criminal charges were filed by the District Attorney’s office. The man is now facing nine counts of Alabama sexual harassment.
Sheriff Jimmy Harris, a spokesman for the DeKalb County Sheriff’s Department, says several charges against the man could be upgraded once the case goes before a grand jury. Investigators are continuing to look into the allegations until a trial begins. Further charges may be filed up to that point.
The Birmingham Personal Injury Lawyers with Norris Injury Lawyers believe everyone should have the right to feel comfortable at all times. That is why the firm encourages anyone who has experienced sexual harassment to discuss their legal options with a qualified attorney as soon as possible.
September 4th, 2012|
Sept. 4, 2012
A former Alabama health care company CEO is under investigation by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) following allegations of sexual harassment by a former employee. According to an article released by The Birmingham News, the victim claims she was forced into a sexual relationship with the man in order to keep her job.
Court documents show the female victim was hired as a grant writer at Birmingham Health Care and quickly began to play an integral role within the company. The victim claimed her boss told her she would needed to have an ongoing intimate relationship in order to keep the position. Records show the couple had two children together over the course of several years.
The suit goes on to claim the man took advantage of the woman by giving her a job that paid her well and threatening to take it, along with her children and possessions, if she rejected his advances.
The EEOC says the investigation into the Alabama Sexual Harassment allegations will be completed within 180 days.
The Birmingham Personal Injury Lawyers with Norris Injury Lawyers say every employee has a right to feel safe and comfortable in their work environment. The firm encourages anyone who feels a boss or co-worker has made inappropriate comments, gestures, or advances to discuss their legal rights with a qualified attorney.
July 10th, 2012|
July 10, 2012
After more than a decade, a legal battle alleging that the Monroe County Public School System was responsible for allowing the sexual harassment and abuse of two middle school students has come to an end. An article in the Press-Register reports that the two sides of the case have decided on a settlement in the amount of $225,000.
The alleged abuse occurred during the 1999-2000 school year. One of the girls told authorities that the teacher had taken her into a classroom where he harassed and molested her. The other female told police that the teacher had inappropriately touched her as well.
The plaintiffs’ Alabama Sexual Harassment Lawyers filed suit claiming that the incident left the girls emotionally and physically distressed and required years of mental health counseling to overcome.
The suit also names the school’s principal as a defendant as well on the grounds that he did nothing to stop the abuse after hearing of the allegations, even after a third party came forward with allegations of abuse. He later refuted the allegations by claiming that he monitored the teacher in question very closely from that point on.
The two victims will be splitting the amount that was awarded to them in damages.
The Birmingham Personal Injury Lawyers with Norris Injury Lawyers would like to remind the public that no one has the right to speak to or touch you in a way that makes you feel uncomfortable.
December 6th, 2011|
December 6, 2011
Those suffering abuse from a boss at work, mentally, physically, or sexually, know the toll it can take on a person’s mind, but a new study has found that may not be the only person it affects. According to HealthDay News, an article in the latest issue of Personnel Psychology says that stress and tension from an abusive relationship with a manager or boss at work can have a negative impact on the employee’s partner, that relationship, and relationships with the rest of their family.
There is hope for abused employees though. The Baylor University research uncovered that the stronger the family ties and at-home satisfaction, the less likely at-work abuse would affect home-life.
Abuse from a boss can range from tantrums and inconsiderate actions, like yelling or belittling an employee, to making unwanted sexual advances.
Study co-author and assistant professor of management and entrepreneurship, Merideth Ferguson, advised employees to utilize employee assistance programs and other resources to reduce the impact an abusive boss may have on your family. The American Psychological Association also offered several tips on managing your boss.