Workplace Sexual Harassment Case Settled — But Is Not the Last
Aaron's faces another sexual harassment law suit. This time, former Georgia employees of the Atlanta rent-to-own retailer are demanding $675 million in damages. The employees, whose identities are protected, filed two civil law suits, one in state court and the other in federal court. Among the allegations in their suit are:
- The general manager of Aaron's sexually harassed female employees on the job
- Aarons negligently responded to filed complaints.
It is not the first time this company answered harassment charges. Back in March, a jury awarded employees from Aaron's $95 million for sexual harassment claims. Aaron's appealed what the court called a "monstrously excessive" verdict. The court reduced the verdict to $39.8 million to comply with the cap on damages that law places on sexual harassment cases. Exoneration of the alleged perpetrator in a separate criminal trial encouraged the parties to settle the last claim for $6 million.
If you are a victim of workplace sexual harassment you may be entitled to compensatory and punitive damages including:
- Attorney's fees
- Reinstatement of promotion
- Payment for lost wages and other benefits
- Injunctive relief, including changes in workplace policy and practice to prevent future harassment
But there is a cap on the amount of damages plaintiffs can claim based on the number of employees of the accused. The cap may be applied in cases where the employer, like Aaron's, shows repeated offenses.
If you are experiencing sexual harassment at work, call the experienced attorneys at The Reddy Law Firm, PC immediately to secure your legal rights.