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San Joaquin county and sheriff named in sexual harassment claim

A woman employed by the San Joaquin County Sheriff's Department claims that she has finally had enough of the male dominant culture. The California woman alleges that she was subjected to sexual harassment from 2012 to 2014. She is hoping that her case will prevent this type of behavior from occurring to other women in the future.

The plaintiff claims she was the victim of sexual harassment at the hands of her captain. He allegedly would make inappropriate comments and would try to touch her. She avers that he would try to use his rank within the department to intimidate her into doing what he wanted. When she refused, he purportedly retaliated and made her uncomfortable at work.

According to her complaint, the work environment was heavily swayed toward men, and they would all protect one another. The plaintiff alleges that her complaints fell on deaf ears and nothing was done to change the situation. Soon, she could not longer tolerate the sexual harassment and decided to take action.

The woman filed a sexual harassment claim against the California county as well as the captain. He is still working for the department at this time. All workers have the right to enjoy an environment that is free from retaliation and unwanted sexual advances. Those who feel that their rights have been compromised and have not been offered a resolution may choose to turn to the legal system for justice. If the claims are successfully navigated, the workers may receive financial redress for any distress the situation caused as well as possible injunctive relief to prevent the harassment from happening again.

Source: fox40.com, "San Joaquin Sheriff's Department Facing Sexual Harassment Lawsuit", Kay Recede, July 7, 2015

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