A Western Pennsylvania cardiology practice has agreed to pay three women $125,000 to settle a sexual harassment lawsuit.
The women’s lawsuit alleged that three male cardiologists in charge of the practice created a hostile work environment by making unwanted sexual comments. According to the allegations, the men would make debasing and sexually offensive comments. The men are also accused of showing the women explicit pictures and messages on a cell phone.
One of the women, a nurse for the practice, complained about the behavior and was later fired. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, who filed the lawsuit on behalf of the women, claims that she was fired in retaliation.
Men or women, who are harassed, must report these incidents to the EEOC, but often find that they can increase their final settlement with the representation of a sexual harassment attorney.
The practice agreed to pay the three women $125,000 with $60,000 going to the nurse, the reaming amount will be split by the two other women. The practice also agreed to not create a hostile work environment or retaliate in the future.
Unwanted sexual comments, touching and advances make the workplace unbearable for the targets of a harasser’s attention. This behavior may not seem like a big deal to some, but those who must endure it on a repeated basis can suffer from extreme emotional distress. If the harassment victims have appealed to their employers to take action to no avail they may see no other option than to hire a Pennsylvania sexual harassment attorney to stop the abuse.
In addition, to suffering from emotional distress, employees subjected to a hostile work environment may have to quit, if the harassment won’t stop, or are fired for blowing the whistle. The lawsuits filed by a sexual harassment attorney in Pennsylvania are intended to make certain these individuals get the compensation they deserve.