Degrading Work Environment
My boyfriend works in a male dominat
environment. However, there are a few
women that work in his office, in the
same type of position as he fills. It is a
very small company and the owner is
there the majority of the time. My
boyfriend says the owner consistently
makes comments in front of and
directed at these female coworkers,
such as women are not as smart as
men, men dominate this particular
industry and women are there to be eye
candy for their clients. My boyfriend's
supervisor has told him that another
guy and my boyfriend are on a different
''path'' than the women, even though the
women started much earlier than my
boyfriend and his male coworker. This
path is meant to bring about greater
benefits for my boyfriend much faster.
My boyfriend has not told me all of the
details, but he says he feels extremely
uncomfortable and I am wondering
what he can do, since the owner is the
one harassing and providing the
uncomfortable environment. Is this
illegal? What can my boyfriend do?
1 Answer from Attorneys
Re: Degrading Work Environment
I am afraid that only the person actually being harmed has standing to bring an action under Title 7 of the United States Code. If his friendly with one of the women he can tell her to get an attorney. His choice as it may also jeopardize his position.
I hope that helps!