A settlement has been reached in a sexual harassment lawsuit against Madison County, Illinois. The substantial settlement amount – $850,000 – was awarded to the plaintiff, an employee of Madison County, who alleged that a former Madison County board member repeatedly sexually harassed her. The plaintiff then alleged that in addition to the board doing nothing to stop the harassment, she was fired for complaining.
The details in this case reflect circumstances that are often faced by victims of workplace sexual harassment. Below we will explore some of these circumstances, the relevant laws, and what you can do if you face sexual harassment at your place of employment.
A Hostile Work Environment
There are two primary categories wherein behavior of a sexual nature constitutes sufficient sexual harassment to file a civil lawsuit. One of the cases is called “quid pro quo” – when one person promises a job or a favor at work, such as a promotion, in exchange for sexual favors....