- 7 years ago
I am trying to find out if there is any legal action I can take after the time limit of filing a sexual harassment lawsuit against my former workplace has passed.
I worked at a bar from December 2009 – January 2010. In the spring/summer of 2009 (can’t remember exactly what month off the top of my head, but I do have a log of everything on another computer), the owner of the bar hired her son, “John”, as a co-manager (we had one other manager, “Dan”). His first month there he made several lewd comments to the female employees, and acted disgusting as a whole. Again, I do have a log of this behavior with dates on my other computer.
At the end of the first month, three of us were closing the bar, myself, “John” and a barback. John had brought two girls in with him (I was later told they were prostitutes, but I don’t have any evidence of that) and there was a male and a female customer left in the bar. They turned on some music and started dancing, which was not a big deal. Long story short, the girls began taking their clothes off which made me uncomfortable, so I shut myself in the office, finished my closing paperwork, and then left. While I was in the office, my barback came into the office and turned on the security camera monitor to show me that the five remaining people, including John, were having sex on the dance floor. I was disgusted and told the other manager, Dan, after the incident. He reviewed the security tapes and then showed them to the owner (John’s mother). She discussed this with John and then came to me, asking if John apologized to me and promised to cease this behaviour, would that be an acceptable resolution. I told her no, I would not work with him again and that one of us needed to leave the company and if it was me, that I would be filing a sexual harassment claim. She fired John and I stayed on. It is a small establishment and a lawsuit would probably bankrupt the business, so I was trying to reach a resolution without having to resort to that.
I am no longer working there, but John is now back at the bar and it is making me sick. I wish now that I would have filed the claim. Is there anything I can do? If I talk to a lawyer here (Kentucky), is there anything they can do? Or is it too late to do anything about it now? Meanwhile, I can’t shake that dirty, creepy, “I need a shower and then another and another”, sick to my stomach feeling.