The former principal of Mountain Empire High School in Pine Valley has been awarded $803,000 in a sexual harassment lawsuit against her supervisor. Diane Young Nye reported her supervisor for sexual harassment in 2006 and claims that she was put in her position with the expectation that she would “return favors” for her boss.
Young claims that when she filed her complaint, six more women came forward with similar concerns. An investigation into the complaints ensued and the superintendent accused of the harassment retired. Young was demoted 15 months later by her supervisor’s replacement, allegedly because she was “incompetent.” She claimed it was based on retaliation and sued, and the judge ruled in her favor.
Young recently secured $803,000 in the lawsuit and says she is “extremely satisfied” with the outcome of the investigation.
Sexual harassment in the workplace can be extremely difficult to prove and has become one of the most common complaints on the job. According to the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), over 11,300 sexual harassment charges were filed in 2011. The first step to solving a sexual harassment issue in the workplace is asking your harasser to stop. If that fails you or if you are fearful of confronting your harasser, it is important to complain directly to your employer and to document all communications. If the harassment continues, speak with every available person that you are able to and keep collecting evidence that your complaints were going unnoticed, or evidence of the harassment.
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Did You Know: According to the EEOC, in order for sexual harassment to occur, the harasser’s conduct must be unwelcome.
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