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Thank you for the information. Can you clarify when your wife left employment and also what specifically the employer did that would create a hostile work environment or sexual harassment?
Hello again an thank you for your reply. Based on what you shared I don't see the sexual harassment in this scenario. If you are saying that your wife was treated adversely because she reported an affair or because the other employee in the affair was the only one to receive favorable treatment, then that might be
Sorry, hit the wrong button. I will continue
might be a basis for a retaliation claim under gender discrimination or quid pro quo gender discrimination. As for hostile work environment, that is a subtype of discrimination. In order for there to be an actionable cause, the harassment must be both "severe and pervasive" and must be motivated by discriminatory intent based on the employee's membership in a protected class under employment discrimination laws. In other words, there is no HWE without the discrimination element being met.
All that said, your wife can file a complaint with the State civil rights division and the EEOC and see what their investigation reveals. She only has 180 days to file with the State and 300 days with the EEOC. She may also, in the meantime, want to sit down with a local employment law attorney and discuss all the details so that they can assist her directly in resolving the issue if she does not want to wait for the agencies to take action.
Please let me know if you need any clarification.