Rent-to-own retailer Aaron's is once again in hot water.
Another former employee has filed a sexual harassment suit against the Atlanta-based company, The Atlanta Journal Constitution reports. Aaron's could be in real trouble, considering the claimant's attorney already netted a $95 million verdict against the company in a similar suit last year.
In the suit, filed in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia this week, the former employee alleges she was sexually harassed by the general manager at the Bainbridge store where she worked. She also claims Aaron's was negligent in failing to adequately address the incident.
While the specifics of the harassment haven't yet been reported, it could involve a wide range of inappropriate conduct. Under federal law, sexual harassment is defined as any unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, or other sexual conduct that could affect the victim's employment. If you're the victim of sexual harassment, you can sue your employer under federal law.
You don't need to show that you were physically injured, just that you suffered emotional injury, unfairly lost your job, or were injured in some other fashion. Typical remedies in a sexual harassment suit include reinstatement, back pay, damages for emotional distress, and attorney's fees.
The current suit is seeking a whopping $675 million in damages. Even if the suit is settled out of court, Aaron's could take a big hit.
In 2011, a federal jury in Illinois awarded $95 million to a former employee who said a manager sexually assaulted her at an Aaron Rents store in Fairview Heights, Ill., the Atlanta Business Chronicle reports. However, the company appealed the judgment, claiming that the damages were excessive.
As a result, the court reduced the judgment to $39.8 million. The company eventually settled the suit for $6 million.
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