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Fire-Rescue Employee Helen Watts Reaches Settlement With City

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Dallas firefighter Helen Watts and her Texas employment lawyer have finally reached a settlement agreement with the city of Dallas after filing a lawsuit against the city almost two years ago.

According to the Dallas Morning News, the female firefighter alleged that she was a victim of sexual harassment when working for the city's Fire-Rescue department and that she was repeatedly propositioned by a colleague. She also claims that she filed complaints with the department about the alleged harassment but that her complaints were ignored. The employee claims that she resigned from her position because of the harassment.

Bob Gorsky, the employment lawyer for Helen Watts, stated that he and his client were very pleased with the settlement agreement. As part of the agreement, the plaintiff will be getting her old job back.

Helen Watts is one of two women that have filed sexual harassment and discrimination while working for Dallas Fire-Rescue. The former Fire-Rescue executive general manager Leanne Siri-Edwards is also suing the city of Dallas, alleging that she was sexually harassed and discriminated against while working with the city. Her lawsuit is currently pending in federal court and is scheduled for trial next year.

All people in the workforce should be aware that sexual harassment is considered a form of sex discrimination under the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Anybody who has been a victim of sexual harassment in the workplace should contact a Texas employment lawyer to learn more information about filing a claim.

Related Resources:

  • Employee Rights: Sexual Harassment  (FindLaw)
  • Sexual Harassment: Actions You Can Take (FindLaw)
  • Find a Houston Employment Lawyer (FindLaw)

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