Cases of sexual harassment have been making headlines across the United States in 2018, and Target Corporation, the second-largest retailer in the United States, is the subject of a new lawsuit. An employee of a Minnesota store has claimed that she was denied a promotion after refusing sexual advances from a manager. Not only was she harassed by a manager but according to her complaint, other store management failed to take appropriate action once she reported it.
The lawsuit, filed by a Target cashier, alleges that she was first subjected to leering and staring by a manager shortly after she began employment in November 2017. She had been advised that after a 90-day trial period, she would be reviewed for a promotion and after the trial ended, she approached this manager to discuss it. According to the lawsuit, she entered the manager’s office for their meeting and observed a pair of men’s underwear on a chair in the office.
Manager Hides Sexual Harassment Complaint
During the meeting, the complaint states that the manager waved the underwear in the employee’s face and touched his genitals inside his pants. He stated that if she wanted a promotion, she had to do hard work for him. The employee fled the room and the manager attempted to grab her as she was leaving. The complaint then states that when she reported it to the store general manager, she received an unconcerned response and was later told by the general manager not to talk about it with anyone else and that she had misunderstood what happened.
The employee, an immigrant from Bangladesh, was later hospitalized after considering suicide. Her complaint states that she is on medical leave. She stated in her lawsuit that she had been a previous victim of rape and felt no hope if she was unable to escape sexual violence in the United States. She is suing for damages in excess of $50,000.
Sexual harassment is a violation under both state and federal law and can include unwelcome advances, harassment, and a variety of other conduct that adversely affects employment or creates a hostile work environment. When an employee is subjected to pressure to comply with sexual advances to receive a benefit, such as a promotion, that constitutes sexual harassment. Sexual harassment claims include how and whether management addressed the complaint. An experienced sexual harassment attorney familiar with the complexities of employment law can assist you with your claim if you have been subject to this or other forms of sexual harassment.
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No one should suffer through the trauma of sexual harassment in the workplace. The Cherry Hill sexual harassment lawyers at Sidney L. Gold & Associates, P.C. are here to help those who have experienced sexual harassment in the workplace. Please contact us for a free consultation via our online form or call us at 215-569-1999 today. With an office located in Pennsauken, New Jersey, we proudly serve clients from the surrounding areas.