Yarn Company Will Pay $230K in EEOC Sexual Harassment and Retaliation Lawsuit Settlement
November 20, 2010
According an announcement by the U.S. Equal Employment Commission (EEOC), that our employment attorneys based in Anaheim, California have been following, Tuscarora Yarns, will pay $230,000 in a sexual harassment lawsuit settlement filed by the Commission on behalf of a female employee, who alleged that the yarn manufacturing company subjected her to sexual harassment and retaliation based on her gender, and for filing a complaint about the sexual harassment.
In the EEOC lawsuit, Lilia Ixtlahuaca Martinez, claimed that while working as an employee of the Tuscarora Yarns facility in Oakboro, North Carolina, she was propositioned for sex by her male plant manager, sexually harassed by the manager with unwelcome comments of a sexual nature and inappropriate touching, and locked in an office where he sexually assaulted her. When Martinez was able to escape from the office, the police were called and the manager was arrested for sexual battery.
Martinez had reportedly worked at the plant as a linked winder operator for two years. When she filed a complaint about the sexual harassment, the company allegedly retaliated against her with suspension from employment.
Under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, it is against the law to harass, discriminate or retaliate against employees or job applicants based on sex in hiring, firing, training, wages, benefits and promotions. According to the EEOC, sexual harassment can include sexual advances that are unwelcome, requests for sexual favors, and other harassment of a sexual nature in a verbal or physical form.
In addition to the $230,000 in monetary damages, according to the EEOC consent decree that resolved the lawsuit, Tuscarora Yarns will be required to redistribute the company's policy on sexual harassment to the employees, as well as post the policy in both English and Spanish. The company must also provide yearly training to its managers, supervisors and employees on sexual harassment and retaliation. All future complains of any sexual harassment but be reported to the EEOC during the consent decree's term.
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Tuscarora Yarns to Pay $230,000 to Settle EEOC Sexual Harassment and Retaliation Suit, EEOC Press Release, November 15, 2010
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