Sexual harassment in the workplace is prohibited and victims are protected. In a nearby California community west of Los Angeles three women recently filed a claim that they were sexually harassed at the grocery store where they worked and that their supervisor allowed the sexual harassment to continue. One of the women worked for the company for 11 years and had a dream of moving up in the company. She wanted to learn from her supervisor but asserts he instead made sexually harassing comments to her and touched her inappropriately.
The victim reported the sexual harassment to a supervisor at the grocery store and received a response back that everyone knew that was how her immediate supervisor was and nothing was done. Another victim asserts that she was invited to the supervisor's home and told if she did not go to his home, she would be demoted at work. The second victim thought others would be at the immediate supervisor's home, however, it was just the two of them and he forced himself physically on her. He then mentioned raping her but she was able to escape.
The woman's immediate supervisor then pursued her and told her not to tell anyone. She was concerned that something could happen and that she could get fired. According to the first victim, after two store managers did nothing about the sexual harassment, she reported it to the corporate office. The immediate supervisor was transferred to a grocery store not far away and employees at that store said the sexually harassing behavior continued. A third victim reported being sexual assaulted by the immediate supervisor, noting his behavior made her feel unsafe and made her feel like she did not want to come to work.
All three victims are suing the immediate supervisor who sexually harassed them and are also suing the grocery store. A representative for the women noted that there was a failure to prevent sexual harassment, failure to properly report sexual harassment at the company and a failure of the company to respond. Workplace harassment is prohibited and victims should also be familiar with the legal methods available to them to enforce their rights to enjoy a safe workplace free of sexual harassment.
Source: ABC7.com, "3 women sue Stater Bros, supervisor over sexual harassment claims," Rob McMillan, June 19, 2017