The Louisiana Department of Public Safety and Corrections
has resolved a federal lawsuit and has agreed to change their policies and
training programs in regards to sexual harassment
An unnamed woman, who was an office administrator, accused
the Department of discrimination after she reported that a supervisor subjected
her to inappropriate comments, which escalated to a
sexual assault, according to the Associated Press.
The Justice Department alleges that at least four other
employees knew about the sexual harassment, but failed to report the abuse.
As sexual harassment
know people are often afraid to report harassment because they
feel their jobs may be in jeopardy. Firing an employee for reporting harassment
is called retaliation.
One the harassment was reported a spokeswoman for the
Department of Public Safety and Corrections Pam Laborde said the agency was
“very quick and very swift to act.”
The person accused of sexual assault and harassment resigned
in 2008 before disciplinary action was taken.
The state has agreed to pay the woman $50,000 in damages.
Victims of workplace harassment can hire a sexual
harassment lawyer to seek compensation for their emotional suffering or for
wages lost because of retaliation.
Workplace sexual harassment is detrimental to all employees
because of the hostility the behavior creates. If the accused’s actions go
unaddressed they can escalate and affect numerous employees. A sexual harassment attorney
can give the
victim the voice they need to speak out about their harassment.