Most places of employment in Washington, D.C. and elsewhere have a variety of people working in them. People of different races, genders and religions typically work together and carry out similar jobs. Unfortunately, even though they may work in the same place, some workers are treated differently than others due to a protected characteristic. As a result, their jobs may become more difficult due to facing discrimination and harassment.
It was recently reported that Walmart has responded to a lawsuit brought by a former employee claiming gender discrimination and sexual harassment. The worker started her position as a dairy associate in 2018 and ended her employment less than six months later. The woman stated that during her time of employment, she faced harassment and gender discrimination from a male co-worker. Her complaint alleges that he would touch her breasts, spread rumors that she was having sexual intercourse with him, send threatening texts and carry out other harassing actions.
The woman stated that when she complained about the behavior, the only resolution Walmart offered was to have her transferred to another store. The woman ended her employment because of the hostile work environment. Walmart recently stated that the company wants the lawsuit dismissed because the woman did not properly state her claims and because the company did not participate in any actions constituting gender discrimination.
Facing discrimination and having to contend with a hostile work environment can be too much for any worker to bear. In some instances, it may be necessary to take legal action to have complaints properly heard and for appropriate resolutions to be found. If workers in Washington, D.C., believe that they have faced illegal treatment due to their gender, race, religion or other protected factor, they may wish to explore their legal options.