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EEOC sues Safelite Glass for sexual harassment

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in Discrimination and Harassment,Employment Law,HR Management,Human Resources

Safelite Glass’ windshield replacement operation in Enfield faces charges it failed to stop an HR manager from sexually harassing a female employee.

According to a lawsuit filed by the EEOC, Lee Laraviere-Steele, began working as an HR assistant in March 2007. She says her boss frequently made sexual remarks, including complimenting her breasts and asking what color her panties were. She says he rubbed her shoulders and attempted to pull her into his lap on one occasion.

Laraviere-Steele complained, but the company never investigated and then fired her in 2008. The lawsuit alleges Safelite fired Laraviere-Steele in retaliation for filing the complaint.

Final note: Your sexual harassment policies should make it clear that no one is “above the law.” Set up alternative complaint processes that allow someone, for example, in HR to bypass that department if that’s where the problem lies.

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