Sexual harassment accusations continue to roil IL assembly, but very different from private sector cases
As sexual harassment scandals spread in the Illinois General Assembly, some lawmakers are calling for still more action to empower investigators to pull the curtain back on what has been described as a rampant culture of abuse in Springfield. However, unlike private sector employers, state officials don't face a realistic threat of lawsuits over their actions, says a lawyer who specializes in such harassment cases.
The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has won a settlement on behalf of a former Costco employee who alleged her employer had not done enough to protect her from a customer who allegedly stalked and harassed her while at work. And the decision should serve as a "wake-up call" for employers concerned about stepping on the toes of customers who may make their employees feel unsafe, said a Chicago employment lawyer.