Q: I'm currently on leave for PTSD caused by sexual harassment. The owners were aware I was sexually abused when younger.
I've been subjected to the harassment at work for 12 years by another manager. He was fired for harassment by his previous employer. In addition to the harassing behavior, he started a rumor that I was having an affair with another supervisor. As a result of the rumor, other employees have made horrible comments about me. Another employee made humiliating sexual jesters behind my back which was witnessed. I reported each incident to the owner. The company has a 0 tolerance sexual harassment policy but both employees are still employed. A manager told the employee what I reported which caused hostile work environment. I suffered a mental break down as a result. I am the only female manager and paid less than male employees. One of the male employees can't spell and the other can't work a computer. Should I report this to the EEOC and let them mediate or get a right to sue letter and take it to court. What are my chances of winning in Court?
A: Employment law cases are fact sensitive so I cannot assess your chances of winning in Court based on the information provided; however, you should definitely file a claim with the EEOC. Mediation is optional; however, if your employer agree to it, it would not hurt you to go through mediation. If mediation fails, you can still request a Right to Sue (after 180 days) and take it to court.
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