Tarrant County, TX- A former Tarrant County clerk has filed a federal lawsuit alleging that she was sexually harassed by a Justice of Peace and later subjected to retaliation when she threatened to report the abuse.

The woman at the center of the suit, Martha Kibler, worked as a clerk for Tarrant County for 22 years, according to NBC-FWD, but didn’t face any sexual abuse until 2010.

In her lawsuit filed Tuesday, Kibler alleges the Casey’s harassment began one day after she entered his office to pay off a small loan. During their exchange, Kibler alleges Casey exposed his penis and requested she perform oral sex in him, NBC reports. When she refused he told her she owed him a favor because of the loan he gave her and for her employment.

That incident was the beginning of a five-year sexual relationship between Judge Casey and Kibler. The Star-Telegram reports that during the course of their relationship, Judge Casey asked her to perform oral sex on over 20 times, often in his office. She admitted to have sexual intercourse with him twice and said she only complied with his sexual demands because he threatened to fire her.

CBS reports that in 2013, Kibler decided to end the relationship and refused one of his sexual demands. One week later, she said, he accused her of stealing and fired her.

She complained about the harassment to human resources but was told they couldn’t do anything because Judge Casey is an elected official.

As proof of the sexual harassment, Kibler presented to the court a dress that she alleges has a semen stain from Judge Casey on it, according to NBC.

When CBS asked Judge Casey about the lawsuit, he told them he wasn’t aware of it until they made him aware of the suit.

Sexual harassment that involves a person in position of power using to get sexual favors out of a coworker is what is referred to as Quid pro Quo, which means “this for that.” Experts generally agree that power is the real motivation behind Quid pro Quo sexual harassment. That isn’t to say there isn’t a sexual component to sexual harassment, but the real reason why it becomes repeated and persistent is because no one takes action, including the victim.
The key to stopping sexual harassment in the workplace is to keep harassers from getting away from their behavior. Workplace sexual harassment will end only by holding harassers accountable, whether they be bosses or coworkers. But lack of accountability is one of the main reasons victims put up with harassment and do nothing about it. They get no support from their employer or coworkers so where can they don’t know where to turn or who can help them. USAttorneys can connect you with an employment law attorney who can turn to during this tumultuous time.

When you can’t rely on your employer to stop your harassment, then you need to consult with a sexual harassment attorney in Texas. They will explain the actions you need to take and whether you are eligible for financial compensation.