A former car salesman who worked at an AutoNation Acura dealership located in southeast Texas has filed a lawsuit against CT Motors, Inc. as well as his former boss for the unhealthy and hostile work conditions he was subjected to. Brett Bland, who is named as the plaintiff in the lawsuit, endured far more than any employee should for over a year until he had enough. He recently filed the lawsuit in Galveston County and the documents state that he worked in a “sexually hostile” and “smelly,” added the Star-Telegram, work environment.
Bland accused his former boss, Jeremy Pratt, for repeatedly pinching his nipples as well as his other male subordinates’. Aside from that, Bland says Pratt would “reinforce dominance over his subordinates by” entering their enclosed offices regularly where he would “intentionally pass gas and then laugh as they were forced to breathe soiled air.” The documents also highlighted that because Pratt’s behavior was tolerated in the office as well as by upper management, it only “opened the door” for Pratt to display far worse behavior toward those working with him and around him.
Bland said that Pratt warned those around him that if anyone complained about his behavior to the human resources department that “officials wouldn’t do anything because Pratt had the director of Human Resources wrapped around his finger.” Pratt allegedly made this comment after he “sent a group text to several employees including a doctored version of a photograph of Bland that falsely warned the other recipients that Bland might be a sex offender.” The lawsuit states that the text was sent to approximately 8-10 coworkers and the message read, “Keep your children safe” and “you are receiving this because there may be a risk of sex offender activity in your area.”
 
The mistreatment didn’t stop there.
 
Aside from subjecting Bland to sexual harassment, Pratt also had another employee identified as “David” to digitally paste or Photoshop Bland’s photo onto “a background that resembled a jail booking photo or sex offender identification photo.” Although the dealership eventually fired Pratt, it didn’t change the fact that Bland had gone through various forms of mistreatment and was belittled by his boss and in front of coworkers. And despite Pratt being fired, the dealership still allowed Pratt to linger around the dealership where he continued to “belittle Bland and other former subordinates.”
 
Although the lawsuit doesn’t indicate how much Bland is seeking in damages from the company as well as from Pratt, it does indicate the damages he suffered as well as well the intention to collect court costs as relief.
 
When an employer is guilty of sexually harassing a worker or treating them unfairly, filing a lawsuit may be an option for some who are looking to seek justice for this mistreatment.
Since the #MeToo movement, many have become accustomed to associating sexual harassment with a man saying or doing inappropriate things to a female subordinate. But, as you can see, harassment occurs in many different ways, and like Bland, anyone who has been or currently is being subjected to working in an unhealthy work environment is encouraged to contact a Houston, TX sexual harassment lawyer and take action too. In the event your matter doesn’t deal with sexual harassment, but you are experiencing issues with an employer, the Houston, TX employment law attorneys USAttorneys.com can connect you with are more than qualified to assist you.

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