Chicago Housing agency settles sex harassment case for $99,000

The Chicago Housing Authority agreed to pay $99,000 to a former employee who accused the head of the agency of sexual harassment, according to the Chicago Tribune, which obtained details of the confidential settlement through a Freedom of Information Act request. The head of the agency, Charles Woodyard was accused of sexually harassing and having physical contact with a female employee, who alleged she was disciplined and then fired for complaining. Woodyard left his post a month ago to pursue other opportunities.

In the workplace, there are two common types of sexual harassment. The first is known as quid pro quo harassment. This may be a one-time occurrence or involve repeated behavior that requires one person to tolerate some form of sexual harassment in order to get a job, keep a job, get a raise or promotion, or to receive some other benefit. This harassment can come from a prospective employer, a current employer, a manager or supervisor, or a co-worker. The sex and sexual orientation of your harasser does not matter.

The second situation that gives rise to sexual harassment claims is the hostile work environment. Hostile work situations involve repeated behavior that is abusive or offensive, or that interferes or alters the victims’ ability to perform their job. Employers that foster or otherwise allow these conditions to continue can be found liable for the conduct of the offending employees.

In either situation, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act and many state-level anti-discrimination and sexual harassment statutes prohibit sexual harassment provide victims with a means of pursuing and obtaining justice.

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