Prison Contractor Faces Trial for Alleged Bias Against Mental Health Workers


Prison Contractor Faces Trial for Alleged Bias Against Mental Health Workers

Wexford Health Sources Inc. recently faced a setback in a pre-trial ruling on a sexual harassment claim filed by a former employee. The employee alleged that the attention she received for her work attire constituted sexual harassment. In response, the US District Court for the Central District of Illinois stated that the prison setting and the regulations regarding appropriate dress did not dismiss the employee’s claim of a hostile work environment.

The court acknowledged that the Illinois Department of Corrections implemented a dress code, and Wexford Health Sources Inc. had its own set of rules for employees working at the 30 IDOC facilities where it provided mental health counseling services. Despite these regulations, the court determined that the employee’s claim of sexual harassment was still valid and warranted further consideration.

This ruling highlights the importance of properly addressing allegations of sexual harassment in the workplace, even in unique environments such as correctional facilities. Employers must ensure that all employees are treated with respect and that any complaints of harassment are taken seriously and investigated thoroughly to create a safe and welcoming work environment for everyone.

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