Top Ohio Sex Harassment Lawyer Answers: Are there laws that protect men from sexual harassment? Can my boss retaliate against me if I complain about his sexual harassment? What types of relief can I get for sexual harassment under Title VII? How do I find the best lawyer in Ohio for gender discrimination?
Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibits employment discrimination based on sex, including harassment of individuals of the same sex. When an employer disciplines, terminates, or takes other punitive measures against an employee for objecting to or complaining about workplace discrimination, the employer is also violating Title VII’s anti-retaliation provision. In a recent case out of New Mexico a group of male employees sued their male boss for violating both provisions of Title VII.
Pitre Inc., is a car dealership in Albuquerque New Mexico. Pitre’s general manager Charles Ratliff directed his lot manager, James Gallegos, to harass over 50 of Pitre’s male employees over a ten year period. Ratliff and Gallegos’ behavior was egregious, to say the least. The managers made deplorable sexual comments, asked male employees for oral sex, and touched, grabbed, and even bit male employees’ buttocks and genitals! When the men complained, the duo retaliated against them. Ratliff and Gellegos’ retaliatory behavior was such a concern that the District Court granted a preliminary injunction against Pitre prohibiting the dealership, and anyone working for it, from threatening or engaging in any retaliatory action against the male employees.
Eventually Pitre saw the error of its sexually harassing ways (or the risk for a higher verdict) and settled the case for over $2 million. Pitre also agreed not to further discriminate or retaliate against its employees, to put policies in place ensuring managers comply with anti-discrimination laws, to provide regular anti-discrimination training to all employees, and to hire a monitor to manage the implementation of the agreement.
Title VII ensures that men and women are able to work in an environment free from harassment. There is strong stigma attached to sexual harassment. Sexual harassment victims often believe they will be viewed negatively, that they will be blamed for the harassment. But, men are particularly averse to coming forward with sexual harassment claims. Luckily there are men like the employees in this case who were brave enough to stand up and fight back.
Individuals like Ratliff and Gallegos should not be permitted to ruin people’s lives by subjecting them to such humiliating and disgusting harassment. The fact that they psychologically scarred employees for over ten years is frightening. What if someone had came forward sooner? If your employer is sexually harassing you, contact an experienced employment discrimination attorney and stand up for your rights and the rights of your fellow employees.
Sexual harassment is unlawful under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and similar Ohio laws. Sexual harassment is a form of gender discrimination. If you feel that you are being sexually harassed or are working in a sexually charged or hostile working environment, you should not wait to call the right attorney at 866-797-6040 to schedule a free and confidential consultation. At The Spitz Law Firm, you will meet with a sexual harassment lawyer/hostile work environment attorney to find out what your legal rights are and the best way to protect them. Sexual harrassment is a form of gender discrimination, and employers should be held accountable if they discriminate against female workers in any fashion – but particularly for sexual harrassment. It does not matter if you have been wrongfully fired or are still employed, there is no reason to wait to find out what your legal rights are and how to protect yourself from sexual harassment and gender discrimination.
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