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Rochester Sexual Harassment Law Blog

Woman files wrongful termination suit against New York hospital

A 40-year-old woman has filed suit after accusing her employer of wrongfully terminating her from a position at the New York Methodist Hospital's Center for Allied Health Education. According to the woman, who was a program director for seven months, she was fired after she discovered a safety risk at the Midwood teaching facility, and her employers were concerned that she would share her findings during an upcoming inspection by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology.

The safety hazard in question involved medical students without health clearances who were taking part in treating cancer patients. The woman stated that she reported the issue on more than one occasion and was told by her supervisors to not worry about the issue. Clearances require that individuals be screened for a variety of contagious diseases, including hepatitis and tuberculosis. These screenings are essential because cancer patients often have compromised immune systems because of treatments, making them very susceptible to a variety of bacterial and viral infections.

What New York residents should know about sexual harassment

On July 11, a female employee at Yahoo filed a sexual harassment lawsuit against her former manager claiming that she was forced to perform oral sex and engage in digital sex. Her supervisor, who was also female, reportedly gave the woman poor performance reviews and gave her less important assignments after refusing later sexual advances. According to the lawsuit, the alleged acts took place in a home that provided by Yahoo in Sunnyvale, California.

After the woman brought a complaint against her supervisor to human resources, she claims an improper internal review was done and the woman who brought the complaint was reportedly fired. The manager accused of the sexual harassment denies that there was any wrongdoing or that the two engaged in any sexual activity. Yahoo issued a statement saying that there was no basis for the suit and that it would fight vehemently to clear the supervisor's name.

Former workers sue Goldman Sachs for discrimination

Two women filed a petition on July 1 requesting class status to file a class action lawsuit against investment bank Goldman Sachs as part of their attack on the alleged gender-biased culture of Wall Street. The women say that they were victims of gender discrimination, alleging gaps in compensation, advancement and work assignments.

The women originally filed their lawsuit in 2010 and report that their attorneys had spent four years collecting evidence against the company. If the class status is granted, the women reportedly intend to represent all female vice presidents and associates who worked in the securities and investment banking divisions starting in 2002. According to the women's lawsuit, women routinely received 21 percent lower income than males who held the same position. Additionally, women were often promoted much slower than men, and the environment was generally hostile towards women.

Startup officer claims harassment

Tinder, a startup that is co-owned by a New York-based company, has been sued by its former marketing vice president after she claims that she was sexually harassed. She alleges that a male marketing officer and co-founder of the company stripped her of her title of co-founder and told her that having a 24-year-old as a colleague made the company seem like a joke.

In addition, she also alleges that she was referred to as a whore in front of the company's CEO and that she received private messages that contained inappropriate content. While the company admits that inappropriate messages were sent to her, it says that her claims about Tinder management were unfounded.

Redress for sexual harassment in the workplace

New York residents who follow trends in employment law know that sexual discrimination still occurs. Some people in this country are asking why this is happening, and some are attempting to answer that question. The press has reported on several stories that range from George Will's column dealing with sexual assault to the dismissal of American Apparel's chief executive officer partly for alleged sexual exploitation. While opinion is permitted, the bottom line is that sexual issues are still fair game.

One workplace discrimination attorney who has written on the subject said that while the public is certainly more aware of sexual harassment, it is still not taken seriously in many cases. The recourse that affected employees have is to file a complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission or through a lawsuit. Both may take a long time and might not offer the individual redress. Once a company sees that a practice costs more in lawsuits than not, change may be forthcoming.

Former Starbucks employee says complaints cost her barista job

As we have described on our Rochester sexual harassment law blog, inappropriate behavior in the workplace can happen at almost every level of employment, from minimum wage jobs all the way to high-powered corporate boardrooms.

A former Starbucks employee recently filed a lawsuit against the company, claiming wrongful termination because she complained about being sexually harassed by other employees before her dismissal. She had emailed her district manager earlier this year to describe the complaints, and was fired just three weeks later. She was told that it was because she had requested that an employee work beyond a normal shift, but she thinks the real reason was because of her email.

3-ex candle company employees accuse president of harassment

Navigating a workplace in which sexual harassment is prevalent can be difficult and uncomfortable. This is magnified when the inappropriate behavior is coming from the very top of the company. That's exactly what three former employees of a candle company are alleging in a lawsuit they recently filed, saying that the company's president made their jobs intolerable.

The allegations of sexual harassment go back more than a decade, though the alleged victim in that case isn't one of the three plaintiffs. The three women who filed the suit were employed at various times between 2009 and 2013. Two of them were fired and the other quit.

Massage therapist says Google worker sexually harassed him

It's a misconception that sexual harassment can happen only to women. There are plenty of instances where men have been the targets of inappropriate behavior in the workplace; it's up to these victims to come forward if they want their voices to be heard.

One man is attempting to do that now. He is suing Google over what he says was wrongful termination in retaliation for rebuffing the sexual advances of an engineer who worked for the company, and then reporting that behavior to superiors. The man was ultimately fired.

After retaliation settlement, EMT reinstated to job

Some women who have been sexually harassed at work do not feel comfortable thinking of themselves as victims. In fact, some victims of sexual harassment would simply like things to go back to the way they were before. Any legal action that they bring is not intended to enrich them financially; rather, money that might be awarded is just an acknowledgement that things did, in fact, go wrong. It can also serve to reaffirm the dignity of someone who has had to work under adverse conditions.

Recently, a New Jersey woman accepted a settlement from the township where she had worked as an emergency medical technician. According to the lawsuit she had filed, the deputy chief in her department sent her text messages -- during work hours -- propositioning her for sex.

Security guard suing casino for sexual harassment, discrimination

Sexual harassment is sometimes a difficult thing to pinpoint. Behavior on the part of a supervisor might seem borderline inappropriate, but women might not feel that there is enough wrongdoing to warrant coming forward to report the behavior. They might feel stuck and unable to figure out how to make their discomfort known.

For one casino employee in Queens, however, this line was emphatically, unquestionably crossed. She has filed a lawsuit alleging one of her supervisors of sexual harassment after a 2013 incident. She says the man gave her a ride home from work, but became aggressive and demanded that she kiss him. When she refused, she says he intimated that her job could be at stake.