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March 20, 2013 / Akinyemi Ajayi

Atlanta Bus Driver Obtains Settlement in Sexual Harassment Lawsuit

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An Atlanta female driver has recently settled a sexual harassment lawsuit with the Atlanta Board of Education involving her direct supervisor.

Apparently, the driver’s supervisor tried to sexually assault her and have her terminated after she refused his advances. The supervisor allegedly groped the woman repeatedly and made crude sexual remarks, soliciting her to stay at a hotel with him after she was done with her bus route.

Under Title VII of the Civil rights Act of 1964 (42 U.S.C., §2000e et seq.),   it is an unlawful employment practice for an employer, employment agency, union, or joint labor management committee to discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, or nation origin.  It is also unlawful for an employer to discriminate against any of his/her employees or applicants for employment for asserting, or helping others assert their Title VII rights.

California has embodied the federal law by passing the California Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA). It is the public policy of California to protect and safeguard the right and opportunity of all persons to seek, obtain, and hold employment without discrimination. Like Title VII,   FEHA prohibits sexual harassment in the workplace. Sexual harassment includes both verbal and physical harassment, gender harassment, and harassment based on pregnancy, childbirth, breast-feeding, or related medical conditions.

The trauma and stigma of any harassment can make it difficult for victims to come forward, especially when harassment takes place at work. However, there are dedicated advocates willing and ready to fight for victims’ rights under the law. If you or anyone you know has been unlawfully harassed in the workplace, contact Khorrami, LLP for a confidential consultation.

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