Woman Reports Sexual Harassment And Ends Up Getting Fired
Sexual harassment isn’t something to let slide.
The US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has filed a lawsuit against Daimler Trucks North America, claiming the automotive manufacturer fired a female employee just days after she filed a sexual harassment claim.
April Holt worked on the assembly line at Daimler’s Mount Holly, North Carolina factory.
On December 5, 2013, she reported that a coworker approached her and asked to borrow the wrench stored in the back pocket of her pants. Instead of waiting for a response, the coworker slipped his hand into her pocket and groped her.
On December 13, Holt received notice that she was being let go.
While the company didn’t give an explanation, Holt took her case to the EEOC. According to the organization, Daimler’s alleged retaliation violates the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
Holt seeks back pay as well as compensation and punitive damages.
In 2013 alone, the EEOC received more than 7,000 sexual harassment complaints. While the number is dropping, it’s a slow change.
As EEOC attorney Lynette Barnes notes, many employees remain afraid for their jobs and do not report harassment at all.
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