Tuscarora Yarns, based in Mount Pleasant, has agreed to settle an EEOC lawsuit filed on behalf of a former employee who says she lost her job after accusing a plant manager in Oakboro of sexual harassment.
According to the EEOC complaint, the plant manager propositioned the employee for sex, made unwelcome sexual comments to her, inappropriately touched her and trapped her in an office. Then he sexually assaulted her.
Once she escaped, she called police, who arrested the man for sexual battery. Ultimately, he pleaded guilty to a lesser charge.
But when the woman filed an internal harassment complaint, she says the company responded by suspending her.
The EEOC took her case and pressed for a trial. As the court date approached last year, Tuscarora Yarns offered to settle. The former employee will get $230,000.
The company must provide sexual harassment training to all supervisors.