Vacation Resorts International Ordered to Pay $125,000 After Employee Files Sexual Harassment Lawsuit.

Every person should be able to go about their day, while at work or elsewhere,  without having to experience the emotional and mental affects of sexual harassment.  This is especially true at the work place.  The attorneys at the Law Offices of Gilbert R. Hoy, Jr. and Affiliates are nationally recognized experts in sexual harassment cases.

If you have been sexually harassed in your work environment, our Boston sexual harassment attorneys have decades of experience in recovering millions of dollars in damages for our personal injury clients.  While the best case scenario would never to have been harassed in the first place, if you have been sexually harassed by an employer, a successful lawsuit may be the only way to get justice and be fairly compensated.

Most jurisdictions, including Massachusetts, generally define sexual harassment as unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and/or other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature that is unwanted and unwelcome. It is unlawful, under both State and federal laws, for an employer to sexually harass a job applicant or an existing employee. Harassment often involves sexually abusive behavior that can seriously affect an individual, both emotionally and physically. It is, therefore, essential that sexual harassment be immediately addressed, stopped and remedied.

That is precisely what Katrina Archer did after she was allegedly terminated from her employment for raising complaints of sexual harassment at her work place.  Katrina worked at Vacation Resorts International, a Miami, FL business that provided groundskeeping management and marketing services to resorts, condominiums and timeshares.  Ms. Archer raised alleged complaints that a male manager had sexually harassed her by, among other things, grabbing her breasts, exposing his penis to her, attempting to pull her onto his lap, and propositioning her for sex.

Katrina alleged that her supervisor not only witnessed some of the acts of harassment, but also refused to take any action after she filed several complaints. In fact, Katrina alleged that her supervisor protected the manager by firing her after she threatened to bring a complaint before a higher-up official.   Katrina filed a formal complaint with the US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and filed a wrongful termination lawsuit against Vacation Resorts International.  According to eeoc.gov, Vacation Resorts International was ordered to pay Katrina $125,000 for failing to prevent Katrina’s harassment, in the first instance, and then failing to take any substantive steps to remedy the situation after the harassment had occurred.

Any form of sexual harassment at work is completely unacceptable. An employee is personally liable for any harassment or unwanted sexual advances that they initiate or otherwise cause. An employer may be held liable, as well, if they fail to uphold their duty to provide a safe, harassment free, work environment for all their employees.

If you have been sexually harassed at your job, please contact one of our expert personal injury lawyers. Call us 24/7 at 617-787-3700 or email us at info@gilhoylaw.com. Time may be a factor because statutes of limitations are restrictive, so please call today!

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