Minneapolis, MN- A former employee of Minnesota-based American Crystal Sugar Co. was awarded $140,000 after a jury found that one of her former supervisors sexually harassed her.

Last week, a jury decided to award Terra Fields $140 for lost wages and emotional distress after finding that she was subjected to a hostile work environment, according the AG Week.

In 2011, while the American Crystal Sugar Co. was experiencing a labor dispute, Fields worked for a contractor, Strom Engineering, who was assigned to clean one of the company’s Minnesota locations.

Fields, who worked for Strom Engineering for 11 years, alleged that when she started working at the Minnesota facility, her supervisor, Harry Avila, began sexually harassing her and asking her out for dates, AG Week reports. On one occasion, Avila made remarks about Fields’ breasts and on another occasion, asked her to move into his hotel room. He repeatedly asked her out for dates and when she rebuffed his advances, Fields alleges Avilla retaliated against her.

She rebuffed Avila’s advances and was fired one day after her saw her dining with a male coworker at the hotel where they were staying. Strom Engineering alleges the Fields was fired over her poor work performance, though she denied even being spoken to about the quality of her work. Furthermore, there was no documentation within the company noting Fields was an “unmotivated” and “slow” as her supervisors claim.

When a victim of sexual harassment wishes to seek compensation, they have to notify their employer and then contact, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. After that, you have other important decisions to make about your case. The first of which is whether you will hire a private attorney to pursue your case or allow the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission to take the lead in your case. Since the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission places caps on the amount of compensation that can be awarded, USAttorneys suggest you retain a one of our accomplished sexual harassment attorneys to help you with your claim. That way you can secure a generous settlement.

Then you need to decide if you want to settle your case out of court or go before a jury. That isn’t an easy decision to make and largely depends on the circumstances of your case. Again, this when the advice of a Minnesota sexual harassment attorney is critical. They will inform you about the strength of your case and whether it will be more successful through out of court settlement negotiations of whether you will fare better with a trial.

Proving sexual harassment is a difficult challenge, since it is of the case of one person’s word against another’s, but a sexual harassment attorney who specializes in employment law, can make a strong case on your behalf. Your sexual harassment attorney will do what it takes to get you the compensation you deserve and ensure your employer takes responsibility for failing to protect you or take action against the harasser.