Two former employees at electronics company Eaton Corp. have filed suit in a New York federal court, claiming the company systematically discriminates against women.
Sales engineers Amy Gaitane and Mahasti Koosha claim they were consistently sexually harassed by supervisors and collectively referred to as “the bitches.” They also allege they were passed over for promotions.
Gaitane was ultimately fired. Koosha claims she was forced to resign. Both worked at the Ohio company’s New York facility.
The women allege that Eaton’s HR department discouraged them from filing complaints against the harassing supervisors. The suit claims that Eaton’sis “a male-dominated culture with a complete absence of women in management.” The suit seeks back pay and benefits and punitive damages. The judge has not yet ruled on class-action status.
The suit seeks class-action status for the complaint, a move that could potentially involve all female Eaton employees.
Note: This case shows how much trouble a few loose cannons can cause. If the allegations are true, the three harassing supervisors were not disciplined—and now will bring court scrutiny to the company’s entire operation. A judge could possibly conclude that the failure to investigate harassment complaints showed a companywide unwillingness to protect female employees.