Sexual Harassment Age Discrimination

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Sexual Harassment Age Discrimination

I work in a hostile work environment.
I’ve been verbally sexually harassed. My
supervisors keep telling me I’m just
annoyed because I’m a little older than
my coworkers. I have a spread sheet
containing 3 months of incidents. They
are trying to force me to quit or take
short term disability with a pay cut.

Asked on October 24, 2017 under Employment Labor Law, Tennessee

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 4 years ago | Contributor

Sexual harassment is illegal at work; IF your supervisors took it seriously, investigated it, and took appropriate action, the company would not be liable--a company cannot necessarily prevent it from happening in the first place, but they can and must respond to it. However if they refuse to take steps to prevent it and you have "3 months of incidents," you most likely have a valid discrimination claim.
If you are 40 or older, if the company is making negative or derogatory remarks about your age, that is also illegal. (Only those age 40 and above are protected). You may have an age discrimination claim, too.
Based on what you have written, you should contact the federal EEOC about filing one or more discrimination complaints. Good luck.


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