In part due to social changes and awareness brought about by the “me too” movement, places of employment in Illinois and elsewhere are becoming more conscious of certain conduct in the workplace. Sexual harassment and assault are serious allegations to make against an employer or colleague. When an employee asserts these charges, it could result in employment litigation, especially if an employee had to quit or was terminated after making a complaint.
According to reports, the former political aide to the Illinois House Speaker alleged that one of the top aides sexually harassed and assaulted her. These charges were originally filed last year; however, new details about the allegations have been revealed. Supposedly, the House Speaker’s office did not act upon the complaints made by one of the female aides.
These details not only name political organizations but also assert that the aide was blacklisted from working on several campaigns after she spoke out about the harassment. Reports indicate that these allegations follow the resignation or firing of employees from both of the Speaker’s government and campaign operations for incidents involving sexual harassment, intimidation or bullying in the workplace.
Dealing with allegations of sexual harassment is a serious matter. Whether you are the employee making the allegations or the employee or employer being accused, it is important to sort through this matter. This is especially true if the allegations resulted in a job loss or a hostile work environment. By taking the time to understand the matter, actions can be taken to resolve these matters and protect one’s rights.