March 18th, 2014|
Sexual harassment in the workplace is a major problem in the United States. Data from the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission shows that there were a total of 11,364 sexual harassment lawsuits filed and accounted for roughly $52.3 million in benefits paid out to victims.
These numbers leave many citizens wondering what constitutes sexual harassment. The Birmingham Personal Injury Lawyers explain the behavior is defined as any action considered to be an unwelcome sexual advance or request for sexual favors that has an effect on an individual’s work performance or employment. Such behavior can manifest itself in several different forms, including:
- Physical Conduct– This can include unwanted touching, such as hugs or rubs, and is also associated with assault.
- Visual Conduct– Any sort of suggestive gesture, picture, or object that is used to communicate a sexual advance falls under this category.
- Verbal Conduct– Any action using or making a derogatory statement, verbally abusing, writing notes of a sexual nature, or making threatening statements to a coworker could be considered sexual harassment of this kind.
Many individuals also wonder what is the best way to prevent more people from becoming a Sexual Harassment Victim. The attorneys with Norris Injury Lawyers say knowing you have a right to a work environment that is free of any behavior of a sexual nature that makes you feel uncomfortable is most important.
If you have been the victim of sexual harassment in the workplace, help is available.
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.
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.
March 19th, 2013|
March 19, 2013
The defendant in an Alabama Sexual Harassment Lawsuit has asked the court to consider several changes to the case. According to an article from Al.com, the man has asked the case be transferred from circuit to federal court.
The case stems from claims made by a woman who worked for the defendant as a Clinical Healthcare Director at the Birmingham Health Center in 2002. She remained at the position until 2008, when the defendant retired from his position at the company. During that time, the woman claims the defendant forced her to have sex with him.
He also made her wear negligée and heels in his presence. Furthermore, she accused him of videotaping the encounters and then threatening to use the tapes against her if she did not further cooperate with him. During the six year period, the pair conceived two children.
The suit claims the man subjected the victim to gender discrimination, harassment, and invasion of privacy. The defendant and his attorneys have vigorously denied the authenticity of any of the allegations being brought against him.
The Birmingham Personal Injury Attorneys with Norris Injury Lawyers are aware of the complications that can be involved in a sexual harassment case. However, the firm encourages anyone who has been the victim of such behavior to look into their legal rights by discussing their case with a qualified attorney immediately.
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.