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DFW-area firm settles harassment suit for $60,000

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in Discrimination and Harassment,Employment Law,Human Resources

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.

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