According to Patch.com, a Los Angeles Superior Court judge recently ruled that a former lifeguard’s sexual harassment lawsuit against the county and a former co-worker could move to trial. The website reported that Elizabeth Robbins filed a lawsuit alleging that she was sexually harassed and injured during a dangerous exercise while being towed on a rescue sled. She allegedly initiated her complaint in 2012.
In her lawsuit, she claims that she began working in the lifeguard division of the county Fire Department in 2003, at age 19, and was assigned to various beaches, including Will Rogers State Beach.
According to Patch, at this point Robbins claimed that a co-worker began to make inappropriate sexual comments towards her. Robbins alleges that after she turned down a date request from the co-worker’s friend, he asked her to accompany him to a training session, at which, she was told to ride a rescue sled that he towed around on his personal watercraft while he responded to what turned out to be a false alarm rescue.
She was allegedly injured during this incident when the co-worker moved the watercraft at a high rate of speed.
Robbins’ claims that she was then asked to lie on documents reporting the incident.
Talking to an Attorney About Workplace Sexual Harassment
Remember, as far as sexual harassment in the workplace is concerned, a hostile work environment occurs when an employer allows unwanted sexual advances, contact, remarks, photographs and offensive actions to occur in a work environment.
If you experience these issues at work, you should notify a human resources worker. Additionally, it may be in your best interest to speak to an attorney and report incidents to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.
As this case shows, instances of alleged sexual harassment are taken very seriously in California. Victims of harassment may be entitled to compensation for their pain and suffering. You should not have to face stressors at work in the form of unwanted sexual advances and taunting.
Kesluk, Silverstein & Jacob– Los Angeles employment attorneys