Sexual harassment can affect numerous individuals at a place of employment. Even if a person was not a victim of harassment him or herself, standing behind the victims and offering support could result in retaliation for another person. When this happens, individuals who have been retaliated against may need to explore their legal options.
New York residents may be interested a retaliation claim that was recently filed in another state. According to reports, the man who filed the claim worked as an executive pastry chef at Mar-a-Lago resort, and two female pastry chefs who worked under the man’s supervision complained to him about sexual harassment from the food and beverage director and the executive chef. However, the man did not have any authority to discipline the other two men, and as a result, he advised the young women to file complaints with the human resources department.
The man participated in an investigation into the incidents and reportedly claimed that the behavior was out of character for the two men. As a result, the men were able to keep their jobs after receiving written reprimands. The executive pastry chef also wanted the two victims to have the ability to return to work when the new resort season started. Not long after the 2017 season started, the man was terminated from his position by the two men who had been previously accused of harassment. The man believes that his termination came about as retaliation for supporting the two women who were harassed.
Sexual harassment is no laughing matter, and when supporters of victims face retaliation, the situation becomes even more complicated. Fortunately, all victims in this type of scenario have legal rights. New York workers who have faced retaliation at work for any reason may want to determine whether they have reason to file legal claims of their own.