A government contractor along the East Coast has settled an employment discrimination lawsuit that was brought on behalf of a transgender woman. The woman had filed a complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, which found in 2012 that reasonable cause exists that the company violated federal civil rights laws that prohibit sex discrimination in the workplace.
Sexual harassment is a form of sex discrimination. Workers are entitled to be free from harassment in the workplace, and laws also prohibit employers from making adverse employment decisions against a person for raising a sexual harassment complaint. Harassment may involve different forms of conduct ranging from repeated offensive comments about a person’s sex to other verbal and physical harassment of a sexual nature.
A Whitestone, New York Episcopal church has agreed to settle a sex harassment and retaliation lawsuit without taking the case to trial. Early settlement negotiations and conciliation efforts failed to result in settlement. However, officials have announced that the case has now settled for six figures in damages and other relief.