A former military police trainee who says she faced sexual harassment while employed at a California army installation has received a settlement of $820,000 from the Army. The woman said she was fired from her job in retaliation for filing a complaint against her supervisor who had harassed her by sending nude photos and text messages.

The lawsuit said that the woman received hundreds of messages from the man at all times of day. The woman said that she was fired because the man was popular even though he had a history of sexual harassment.

Furthermore, the woman was also supervised by the wife of the man who had harassed her. She was therefore put into a position where the person to whom she was supposed to complain was the harasser’s spouse. The woman said that she was ostracized at work before being fired and that she would never want to work in law enforcement due to her experiences.

While a person who faces harassment at work that creates a hostile work environment is often advised to attempt to report the harassment through their company first, that may lead to illegal retaliation. People who feel that they are the focus of sexual harassment might want to consult an attorney before speaking to someone at the workplace so that they understand their rights as well as how to best document and present the harassment. A person who has already attempted to report the harassment without success might also want to speak to an attorney to discuss their next steps, which could include the filing of a claim with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

Source: Military.com, “Army pays woman $820,000 to settle sexual harassment case,” Julie Watson, Feb. 12, 2016