In the workplace, workers are protected by law from discrimination and harassment. When a company fails to end harassment, it can also be held accountable for fostering an environment where harassment can thrive. A recent news story tells about a former financial adviser for a California branch of a Morgan Stanley branch who has filed a lawsuit alleging wrongful termination after she reported sexual harassment on the job.
The woman was hired to the firm after a rigorous training. She started to experience harassment, including a report of one manager asking her to send sexually explicit photos of herself to him. At least two managers retaliated against her for rejecting their sexual advances, and when the firm transferred her to another location, the harassment reportedly continued.
She claims that Morgan Stanley failed to prevent the harassment or train its managers, thereby fostering the hostile work environment. The firm denies that the woman experienced harassment while under the firm’s employment. The woman claims she was finally fired after rejecting the advances of yet another manager.
Sexual harassment is a violation of workplace policy, and causes good employees to feel threatened and even forced to leave an organization. When reports of harassment go unheeded, the culture that allows this bad behavior is allowed to thrive. It is the responsibility of a company to take action to prevent and rectify the situation when it arises; if not, legal action may be necessary. In California, workers who are victims of sexual harassment or wrongful termination may choose to enlist the services of an experienced attorney to file a lawsuit for damages related to their wrongful termination claims.
Source: Santa Monica, CA Patch, “Former Financial Adviser Sues For Sexual Harrassment“, Emily Holland, July 17, 2017