Sexual harassment can occur at any workplace, even at a jail. While you might think that employees and managers at jails are likely to closely follow various rules and protocols, this was evidently not the case at a Knox County jail. A former guard who worked at this jail is now suing her employer for sexual harassment, claiming that she was subject to a toxic work environment.
If you have been sexually harassed at your workplace, you have every right to file a sexual harassment lawsuit. You can also sue your employer if they terminate you for reporting these incidents. In order to take legal action, you need to connect with a qualified, experienced attorney in Maine. These legal professionals can help you hold guilty parties accountable, and they can also ensure that you’re receiving a fair, adequate settlement for your damages.
Jail Guard Claims She Was Sexually Harassed for Three Years
On September 9th, it was reported that a jail guard was suing Knox County, claiming that she had been sexually harassed for the three-year period she worked at the Knox County Jail. She initially began working for the jail as a part-time corrections officer. During this first year, a male coworker made repeated sexual comments about her body. He provided unwanted details about his sex life.
Eventually, the incidents became more serious. This same coworker once cornered the plaintiff in a closet and shut the door, trapping her inside. He shouted at him to stop, and later reported it to her female supervisor. However, this supervisor seemed to dismiss the problem, claiming that she had experienced the same kind of harassment from this male worker, and that it was “just the way he was.”
As time went on, the plaintiff continued to experience sexual harassment. The male coworker sexually touched her, blocked her path so that she was forced to “squeeze by,” and continued to share unwanted details about his sex life. Later, the plaintiff discovered that female inmates at the prison had also been sexually harassed by this individual.
When she tried to report these incidents to more of her superiors, she was quickly fired. Ironically, they said that she was creating a “toxic work environment.” It is highly illegal to fire someone for reporting sexual harassment, and this is why this particular lawsuit has a seemingly high chance of success.
Enlist the Help of a Qualified Attorney Today
If you have experienced sexual harassment in the workplace, you don’t need to simply sit back and accept this ill-treatment. Employers are legally required to provide you with a safe workplace that is free from discrimination. If they fail to do this, they are breaking the law. With the help of a qualified attorney who specializes in sexual harassment lawsuits, you can hold them accountable, receive a substantial settlement, and make workplaces safer for everyone in Maine. Book your consultation today.