My daughter is an employee of a local gym. One of the gym's customers have been harassing her by following her around the gym and even out to her car. The harassment also includes inappropriate touching and unwanted advances. She has informed the owner of the gym but he refuses to do anything due to fear of a lawsuit from the customer. What rights does she have as an employee that is being harassed by a customer and not her employer?
2 Answers from Attorneys
Advise the police and let her employer know that he should also be concerned about law suits from employees.
She should first look for a new job, and call the police the next time she is inappropriately touched. Otherwise, a claim against a small business with probably few employees, for conduct by a customer, would be difficult at best. The bottom line question is usually whether she really wants to turn this into a legal action against the employer, spend time and money, and the hassle, and look for a new job anyway? If the answer is no, then it goes back to getting out of there and finding a new job, and calling the police when necessary.
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