Sexual Harassment at Work: Sherman Law Representing NH Woman

May 23, 2019

Sherman Law is representing a former Planet Fitness manager in an employment lawsuit against the company. The New Hampshire woman claims she was subjected to a male-dominated, debaucherous, and hostile work environment. She asserts claims of sexual harassment that included rape and retaliation against her for reporting it.

The plaintiff alleges that the human resources department was aware of the issues. It investigated some of them, including a senior manager’s violation of the company’s anti-fraternization policy. It failed to act on them, however. When it did act, it only sought to protect the company, not the plaintiff. This caused the plaintiff to experience extreme emotional distress during work hours which was recognized but not addressed by the human resources manager.

The plaintiff’s employment ended when the company offered the plaintiff six months’ salary if she agreed to sign a settlement agreement releasing all potential claims against the company. She declined the offer and instead filed legal claims. Four counts are now being brought against Planet Fitness, including sexual harassment/hostile work environment; retaliation; discrimination/retaliation; and wrongful termination, constructive discharge. Planet Fitness has denied many, but not all of the allegations in the lawsuit.

The plaintiff is seeking judgment against the defendant, including compensatory and enhanced compensatory damages, lost wages, back pay, front pay, and attorney’s fees.

Unfortunately, cases like this are not uncommon in the workplace. In fiscal year 2017, 84,254 workplace discrimination charges were filed with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC).

If you are facing discrimination or sexual harassment at work, know that you do not have to go through it alone. You can receive a free case assessment from Sherman Law. For over 25 years, Sherman Law has provided expert employment law services to those in New Hampshire and Massachusetts. We are committed to helping you find a resolution. If we cannot assist you, we will recommend attorneys who can.

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John P. Sherman opened his own firm in 2005 after rising through the ranks to become a partner at one of New Hampshire’s largest law firms. Today he applies his deep expertise in personal injury, employment law, construction law, and real estate law to provide strategic counsel to both businesses and individuals in New Hampshire and Massachusetts. John holds a J.D. cum laude from American University, Washington College of Law and has a track record of successfully litigating cases in state and federal courts. Learn More »

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