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Employee of Advance Construction Service Files Sexual Harassment Suit

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Sexual harassment in the workplace is no laughing matter, especially when legal action is taken as a result of such harassment.

The Southeast Texas Record reports that a female employee of Advance Construction Service Inc. filed a lawsuit in the Texarkana Division of the Eastern District of Texas, alleging that she was a victim of sexual harassment and a hostile work environment. The plaintiff, Sheria Matz, is now reportedly seeking damages for lost wages, damages to mental anguish, emotional distress, loss of enjoyment of life, interference with personal relationships, physical illnesses and other physical problems, attorney fees and costs.

According to the suit, Sheria Matz was referred to in obscene terms and was regularly embarrassed at her job after co-workers engaged in crude sexual commentary. She complained of the behavior to a supervisor, but after the complaint her working hours were decreased and she was eventually terminated from her position. When it came down to the harassment complaint, the employee was reportedly told that she "either get over it and go back to work or quit."

Yet an employee should never have to "get over" sexual harassment. FindLaw states that sexual harassment in the workplace is considered a form of sex discrimination and a violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act. In Texas, Houston employment lawyers often represent clients that claim to have been a victim of a hostile work environment and who are looking to file a claim against their former employer. 

Related Resources:

  • Sexual Harassment at Work (FindLaw)
  • See a Houston Employment Lawyer (FindLaw)
  • What is Hostile Environment Harassment? (FindLaw)

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