Three female King County sheriffs will receive $1 million from King County to settle their sexual harassment lawsuit. The three victims filed a lawsuit against King County, alleging that they had been victims of sexual harassment and verbal abuse for years by 2 male sergeants. The King County Sheriff’s Office had ignored their multiple complaints, so the three women decided to file a lawsuit.
The lawsuit alleged that two King County sergeants in the Special Assault Unit had made inappropriate comments to the women for years, and treated them more harshly than male counterparts. They sought compensation for years of emotional trauma, as well as an apology from the men.
Stories like this one are still all too common in today’s work environment. Women are subjected to crude comments that are sexual in nature and made to feel uncomfortable in their jobs. In addition, many women are subjected to unwanted sexual contact, and even sexual assault while working. Sexual harassment often traumatically impacts a woman’s work performance, self-esteem, mental health, and relationships.
If you have been the victim of sexual harassment in the workplace, it is important to know that you are not alone. Sexual harassment is a form of discrimination and it violates the Washington State Law Against Discrimination, RCW 49.60 and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. If you file a complaint with your employer, alleging sexual harassment has occurred, your employer must investigate complaints and take prompt action to stop the harassment. It is against the law for an employer to retaliate against anyone who has filed a sexual harassment complaint.
Sadly, many employers outright ignore complaints of sexual harassment in order to avoid taking action. Victims may be subjected to even more harassment or suddenly find their jobs in jeopardy. When this occurs, it is time to take legal action.
Contact Seattle Sexual Harassment Attorneys
If you believe that your employer, a co-worker, or someone in the workplace has violated your employee rights, an experienced Seattle employee rights attorney at Phillips Law Firm can help. If you are interested in learning more about your legal options, call us at 1-800-708-6000. Our Seattle employee rights lawsuit attorneys are waiting to assist you 24/7, offering a free case evaluation. Remember our no fee promise. If we do not recover anything for you, you do not owe us an attorney fee.
The employee rights lawyers at Phillips Law Firm have successfully represented individuals and their families in Seattle, Tacoma, Vancouver, Bellevue, Everett, Kent, Auburn, Renton, Federal Way, Bellingham, Marysville, Lakewood, Redmond, Shoreline, and throughout the State of Washington.