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Nacogdoches ATV dealer faces constructive discharge suit

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A former secretary at a Nacogdoches vehicle dealership says the sexual harassment there was so severe she had no choice but to quit. That’s the definition of “constructive discharge,” and it’s the basis of the lawsuit Jennifer Burch has filed against Eastex Tractor & Powersports.

Burch contends that on at least four occasions in 2007 and 2008, a male co-worker grabbed her and made sexual comments. She claims she complained to management, but no one did anything to stop the harassment. When it happened again, she said she couldn’t stand it anymore and submitted her resignation. Then she sued.

Burch’s lawsuit argues that the work environment at Eastex had become so “unconscionable and unbearable” that “she had no choice but to resign in order to preserve her own well-being and dignity.”

Note: Constructive discharge suits—they almost always result from harassment complaints—can be costly and difficult to defend. Prevention is the best cure: Do everything possible to stop harassment in the workplace.

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