sex-harass2 Katy Degenhardt has filed a lawsuit against Hufcor, the company which owned her former employer Total Quality Plastics, for retaliation and wrongful termination after a sexual harassment claim filed in 2009.  Degenhardt is seeking lost wages, medical expenses, punitive damages and pain and suffering for the events she claim took place over a period of three years.

The plaintiff claims that she was a victim of sexual harassment at the hands of supervisors and other employees of Total Quality Plastics for a period lasting from 2009 until 2012.  She alleges that she went through the proper channels to file a complaint with Hufcor and that the company not only refused to take the appropriate action to help her but retaliated against her creating an even more hostile and difficult working environment.  Degenhardt claims that after her sexual harassment claim that she was denied breaks, forced to take on more difficult tasks and that the company tried to reduce her pay before she was fired.

Degenhardt’s former employer Total Quality Plastics closed its doors in 2013, but that fact shouldn’t impede the case against Hufcor.  Total Quality Plastics was a subsidiary of Hufcor – as such, Hufcor was responsible for ensuring a safe working environment for all TQP employees.  The details of that portion of the business closing though, as well as the timing, could all play a role in how much the former employee is entitled to if she were to win her claim.

There are many laws in place designed to protect employees, but they can be multifaceted and very confusing, especially in the state of California.  Employers are required to provide a working environment that is safe and free from discrimination and harassment.  If you are having an issue with a coworker or a supervisor who is creating a hostile working environment and your company is not responding to your claims or if they have made a bad situation worse with their actions, you need to seek professional help.  An experienced attorney can evaluate your claim and work to ensure that your rights as an employee are protected.

In California, it is unlawful under Fair Employment and Housing laws to terminate an employee for an unlawful reason, such as race, religious creed, color, national origin, ancestry, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition, genetic information, marital status, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, age, or sexual orientation.

AXIS Legal Counsel is an employment law firm representing clients  in numerous kinds of lawsuits and disputes involving some of the nation’s largest employers. Whether it is sexual harassment, other kinds of harassment, discrimination, medical/disability discrimination, retaliation, hostile work environment, wage/hour, workplace bullying, or other claims, AXIS Legal Counsel is experienced in the field of employment and labor law and focused on providing high-quality legal service.  AXIS’s managing attorney, Rabeh M. A. Soofi, is recognized as one of the “Top Women Lawyers in Southern California” by SuperLawyers, and is a Los Angeles Employment Attorney with experience representing numerous employees with a wide variety of employment claims.

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