When you go to work, you have the right to feel like you're in a safe environment. That being said, if any of your colleagues or supervisors make you feel uncomfortable about yourself sexually — whether verbal, physical or otherwise — you may have grounds to take legal action. To discuss your options and determine the right course of action, it's in your best interest to consult an affordable lawyer immediately.
The Chicago Tribune reports that Charles Woodyard — the former CEO of the Chicago Housing Authority (CHA) who left his job at the agency about a month ago — had been accused of sexual harassment prior to his resignation. According to the source, the CHA settled the complaint by paying the alleged victim $99,000.
"The confidential settlement, obtained from the CHA through a Freedom of Information Act request, reveals that Woodyard was accused of sexually harassing and having physical contact with a female employee, who alleged she was disciplined and then fired for complaining," states the news outlet.
The source notes that both Woodyard and the CHA have denied any wrongdoing, but opted "to pay the former employee to avoid further controversy, costs, legal fees and litigation."
If you live in Missouri and have been the victim of sexual harassment or gender discrimination, you can take a stand against the perpetrator. Consider scheduling a consultation with an affordable lawyer in Kansas City who will give your case the attention it deserves. These experienced and locally based professionals can assess your claim, try your case in court and help you recover damages to which you may be entitled.