A Texas Judge has ordered arbitration in an ongoing sexual harassment case between two women who worked at JK Chevrolet in Nederland.
The case involves two women who worked at JK Chevrolet in 2009. Angela Jones alleges that she was sexually harassed by a female coworker, Terry Sonata Cormier, who aggressively pursued her in order to initiate a sexual relationship.
Co-workers initially told Jones that Cormier was interested in her in 2009, but the harassment reached a hostile level in 2010. In full view of other employees, Cormier approached Jones and groped her. Cormier harassed Jones again a couple of weeks later when she came up behind her and groped Jones another time.
Jones reported both instances to management, but she alleges they took no disciplinary action against Cormier, forcing Jones to quit her job.
JK Chevrolet says that in 2009 Jones agreed to arbitrate any cases, but Jones retained a Texas sexual harassment attorney and filed a civil lawsuit against her former employer. A judge recently ordered that Jones must arbitrate her case instead of heading to court.
Jones is seeking punitive damages, pre and post-judgment interest and attorney’s fees.
Sexual harassment greatly affects all employees who should be free of a hostile work environment. When an employee has done the right thing by reporting the behavior, their employers have an obligation to protect them from abuse. However too many employers don’t take the harassment seriously. When this happens a sexual harassment attorney will hold them accountable by filing a lawsuit.
Workers don’t have to just put up with abuse, luckily, a Texas sexual harassment lawyer will make certain the harassment stops and they get the damages they deserve.