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4 women sue employer who promoted manager accused of harassment

While for some employees who have been the victim of harassment, working up the courage to report the inappropriate behavior to superiors can often be incredibly difficult. Unfortunately, even with federal and state laws in place to protect workers in Chaska and throughout the U.S., reporting it does not mean that the sexual harassment will stop and, in many cases, it can be just the beginning of the fight to put a stop to it.

Years after they allegedly first reported the hostile working environment being created by a manager at the Uline plant in Chicago to the human resources department, four women are reportedly suing the company for sexual harassment. The women claim that they, along with as many as 40 other women at the plant, were the victims of unwanted sexual advances by the manager. They allege that the man would grope them, push himself up against them and do other things that they believed to be inappropriate and made them feel uncomfortable. According to reports, the women claim that, instead of reprimanding the manager for his unsuitable behavior, the company promoted him.

It was not reported what specifically the women are seeking, or whether the lawsuits have been filed separately or together. Often, lawsuits of this type will seek lost wages and damages for mental anguish, among other things. At least one of the women in this case claims to have been fired under questionable circumstances shortly after blowing the whistle.

If you have been the victim of sexual harassment in the workplace, you may have grounds for legal action. A lawyer can offer advice based on your situation and help you to determine how best to proceed in your case.

Source: CBS Chicago, “Suit: Manager Groped, Assaulted Employees At Waukegan Plant,” Dana Kozlov, Oct. 11, 2013

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