Texas employers are charged with not allowing a hostile work environment to fester. It has bee reported that two former Amazon employees are suing the company claiming that they were harassed on the job. One of the plaintiffs in the case was a transgender woman who claims that she was called a variety of names such as he/she by managers and supervisors.The woman also claimed that those within the company would use male pronouns and make it difficult to use the women’s restroom.
The other plaintiff is the woman’s partner, and he also claimed sexual harassment and other forms of hostility on the job. The man claimed that he was touched in a sexual manner and was offered pornography and sex toys from one of his employees. According to the Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund, neither were allowed to make complaints about the alleged harassment in writing.
The TLDEF filed the lawsuit on behalf of the two plaintiffs. It asks that Amazon reimburse them for losses related to retaliation and other unlawful activities that the company engaged in. It also asks that the company create training programs and implement policies to ensure equal treatment for transgender workers or those who are going through a transition.
Individuals who face harassment at work may be entitled to compensation from their employers. An attorney may be able to help a person who has experienced a hostile workplace obtain a financial award for lost wages and the monetary value of any benefits lost. Punitive damages may also be available depending on the circumstances of the case.