Employers and employees alike in Tennessee and throughout the country may understand that sexual harassment in the workplace is a problem. However, according to one study, it is uncommon for employers to take concrete action after an employee reports sexual harassment. Furthermore, it was discovered that three out of four women who are subject to harassment never report the incident to a supervisor or union representative.
Most who have experienced harassment or gender discrimination at work doubt that their claim will be taken seriously. Some may believe that reporting an incident will lead to retribution or other damage to their careers. Many large corporations are facing lawsuits related to sexual harassment and gender discrimination on the job. Qualcomm settled a gender discrimination suit for $19 million in August 2016. Microsoft had a request to dismiss a similar suit denied by a judge in October 2016.
In the Qualcomm case, women contended that they were paid less than men and were promoted less often than the men who they worked with. The suit also claimed that the company did not do enough to take care of working mothers. Specifically, company policies that rewarded employees for working late put those who had parental responsibilities at a disadvantage.
Workers who are subject to a hostile working environment may wish to consult with an attorney. Unwanted sexual comments or other sexual innuendo may constitute sexual harassment while unequal pay or working conditions may be a sign of gender discrimination. An attorney may point to emails or witness statements to establish that harassment took place and may use payroll or other data to show that a worker was likely discriminated against because of gender.