One employer settles, another is sued, after each allegedly fired employees who complained of sexual harassment
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Friday, June 21, 2019

One employer settles, another is sued, after each allegedly fired employees who complained of sexual harassment

By WK Editorial Staff

The EEOC settled its lawsuit against one employer, and separately filed a new suit against another employer, alleging they tolerated sexual harassment and/or fired employees who complained of such harassment, on their own or a coworker’s behalf.

The EEOC alleged a cargo handling company tolerated sexual harassment of female employees and then fired a male employee for reporting it; separately, it contended that a plastics manufacturer fired a female employee for her own complaints about being harassed.

Alliance Ground International. A cargo handling company for multiple clients at several major U.S. airports, including O'Hare International Airport, will pay $135,000 and provide injunctive relief to settle a sex harassment and retaliation lawsuit brought by EEOC.

According to the EEOC's lawsuit, an Alliance Ground employee filed a charge against the company claiming that she had been sexually harassed by her supervisor and that her complaints were ignored. At least two other employees were harassed by the same supervisor, the agency’s investigation revealed. When a male employee witnessed the harassment and spoke out against it by reporting it to HR, he was terminated by the very supervisor against whom he had made the complaint, the EEOC said.

Under the consent decree settling the suit, Alliance Ground will pay $135,000 to the four former employees, post a notice of the settlement, and train its employees regarding employer obligations and the rights of employees under Title VII.

The EEOC filed suit (No. 18-cv-06598) in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois after first trying to reach a pre-litigation settlement through its conciliation process.

Element Plastics Mfg., LLC. A plastics manufacturer based in Sugar Land, Texas, allowed a hostile work environment that resulted in the sexual harassment of a female employee, the EEOC charged in a lawsuit it filed on June 20, 2019. The suit contends the employee was subsequently fired in retaliation for complaining about the abuse.

The EEOC's lawsuit charges that an Element Plastics employee was subjected to sexual comments, unwelcome touching, and other improper and sexually hostile conduct by an employee or supervisor of the company beginning in December 2016. Within several weeks of her complaining about the harassment to her direct supervisor and a manager, she was fired in retaliation for her complaints.

The EEOC filed suit (No. 4:19-cv-02218) in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas after first attempting to reach a pre-litigation settlement through its conciliation process.

Companies: Alliance Ground International; Element Plastics Mfg., LLC

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