No employee should have to worry that they will be sexually harassed at work. Such harassment can be extremely harmful to employees. Thus, it is very important for employers to take all proper steps to protect employees from sexual harassment. It is also important for employers to not punish employees for making complaints about workplace sexual harassment.
The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission alleged that the woman was sexually harassed. Specifically, the EEOC claimed that the human resources manager of the facility the woman worked at engaged in sexually harassing conduct against her. Reportedly, included among the alleged conduct of the manager were inappropriate touching and the making of improper sexual comments.
Reportedly, the woman brought complaints to the company about the alleged harassment by the manager. The EEOC alleged that the company failed to take proper actions in response to the woman's complaints.
The EEOC further claimed that the company then engaged in wrongful retaliation against the woman. Reportedly, after the woman made her sexual harassment complaints, she was fired. The EEOC alleged that this firing was retaliatory.
A lawsuit was brought in a federal court in North Carolina by the EEOC against the company in connection to these allegations. This lawsuit was recently settled. As part of this settlement, the company has agreed to take certain steps to prevent wrongful harassment and retaliation. The company also reportedly will make a monetary payment to the above-mentioned woman.
Source: U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, "Safelite Glass Settles Sexual Harassment and Retaliation Case for $50,000," Dec. 5, 2012
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