Harassment and PTSD

A manufacturer in Wyoming agreed to pay $75,000 to settle an EEOC suit alleging that a supervisor harassed an employee about his military service-related Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).  The suit alleged that the supervisor referred to the veteran-employee by derogatory terms and ridiculed the employee’s PTSD treatments. In addition to the settlement payment, the manufacture is required to train its employees regarding disabilities and harassment.

This case is a good reminder for employers to provide employees with regular training regarding discrimination and harassment.  The employer is automatically liable for harassment by a supervisor that results in a negative employment action, so this training can help protect both the employer and affected employees.  More information on harassment is available here: https://www.eeoc.gov/laws/types/harassment.cfm


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