Sexual Harassment & Unfair Firing

A co-worker named Erica calls you and tells you that she has just been fired from her job at your company. According to Erica, around six months ago, she filed an internal company complaint against her supervisor John for addressing unwanted sexual comments to her. Although the company investigated John, nothing was ever done as a result. Afterwards, John began giving Erica negative job reviews. Yesterday, John told Erica that she could take tomorrow morning off to run personal errands. When Erica arrived at work today just before noon, John fired her for tardiness, and had her escorted off the premises.

Does Erica have any potential legal claims? Assume the company C.E.O. has asked for your advice. What steps would you suggest the company take to address the situation?


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