What to do if I was sexually harassed by 2 employees at a former workplace?

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What to do if I was sexually harassed by 2 employees at a former workplace?

It included inappropriate touching, sexual comments and a hostile work environment. I ended up quitting my job there after a male employee grabbed me by the front of my shirt and shoved me into some equipment. I notified the manager on duty and he left the building and didn’t do anything. The next day I notified another manager and she also didn’t do anything. I asked several times throughout my employment for contact information for corporate, but the head manager refused to give it to me. The people sexually harassing me were an assistant manager and a cook. This happened in front of the head manager and she did nothing.

Asked on December 28, 2012 under Employment Labor Law, Iowa

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 8 years ago | Contributor

You may well have a legal claim for monetary compensation: not only is sexual harassment at work illegal, but it is also illegal for an employer to not at least look into or investigate claims and take reasonable appropriate action. You could contact your state equal/civil rights agency about filing a claim, or speak with an employment law attorney about a possible lawsuit.


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