A Southlake drywall and light construction company has agreed to settle claims that it fired a female employee in retaliation for her complaints about sexual harassment and gender discrimination.
Greater Metroplex Interiors agreed to pay $60,000 to Luanda Puente to settle an EEOC lawsuit.
In 2008, Greater Metroplex fired Puente after she repeatedly complained that male co-workers made sexually explicit remarks to her throughout her time at the company. She also alleged that she had been exposed to sexually explicit graffiti and had to use restroom facilities that didn’t accommodate women.
The company argued that Puente never complained about harassment until after she had been terminated, but settled nonetheless.
Final note: Employees who have been fired have little to lose by filing discrimination lawsuits. With the recent increase in the unemployment rate, state and federal anti-discrimination agencies are fielding more complaints than ever.
- Beware ADA claims if alleged victim isn't satisfied with harassment investigation
- Leave-Of-Absence accommodation and the New Jersey Law Against Discrimination
- Keep good disciplinary records, win lawsuits
- Remind managers: Even unconventional female-on-male harassment can be illegal
- Firm skids on ICE, eventually collides with EEOC