Columbus-based windshield replacement company Safelite Glass is facing EEOC charges following allegations that an HR manager in North Carolina sexually harassed 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 onto his lap on one occasion.
Laraviere-Steele allegedly complained, but the company never investigated the complaints and then fired her in 2008. The complaint 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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