Wrongful termination from sexual harrassment claim
Sexual harassment at the workplace is a difficult problem for HR managers to deal with. It often involves an allegation by one employee against another employee, and sometimes there is no corroborating evidence: he says, she says. An employee who does accuse her superior of sexual harassment is making a serious allegation, since it could lead to the dismissal of the harasser, create all sorts of other personal and reputational problems for him, and make it difficult for him to find new employment. Many accused will fight back, deny the allegations, or argue that the harassment was not unwanted or that the victim engaged in the relationship consensually. In short, it is an unpleasant situation for all involved. In a recent decision called C iardullo v.