It does not matter what industry Long Beach residents work in, the chance of a work environment turning hostile always exists. All workers can do is hope that their supervisors and managers do not condone discrimination or harassment of any kind. When companies fail to keep their workplaces free of things like sexual harassment or gender discrimination, the atmosphere can quickly go downhill and turn into a hostile work environment.
Under these circumstances, few Long Beach residents would complain for fear of facing retaliation or termination. This was the fear of an out-of-state woman who worked in the prosecutor’s office, and unfortunately, her fear came true. She claims she was fired because she complained about blatant and rampant sexual harassment from her boss.
According to the woman, those who entertained the prosecutor’s advances and did not complain about them were rewarded. She says she was even warned not to make waves. It was when she went outside the office to file a complaint that she was fired. She has now filed a lawsuit with numerous allegations, including sexual harassment.
This case illustrates the problem with a pervasive atmosphere of sexual harassment by a superior — claims usually ultimately involve allegations of retaliation and wrongful termination as well. Harassment and discrimination do not only create a hostile work environment, but they also tend to cause health problems such as ulcers, post-traumatic stress disorder, insomnia and more for the victims, which can plague them for the rest of their lives. Long Beach residents may hesitate to come forward because they know this, but the only way to bring this behavior to light and stop it is to come forward.