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Suit claims owner of mental health service harassed women

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The EEOC has filed a lawsuit against Greenville-based Carter Behavior Health Services, claiming the owner continually harassed female employees.

According to the complaint, the owner of the mental health counseling service created a hostile work environment for female employees. The suit alleges he repeatedly requested sexual favors from one woman and attempted to kiss her, while subjecting her and other female employees to unwelcome touching.

The lawsuit seeks compensatory and punitive damages against Carter Behavior Health Services, as well as injunctive relief barring the employer from harassing and discriminating against women.

Note: This case highlights the difficulty involved when the alleged harasser is the owner and founder. The only higher authority that can change his behavior is the law. Small businesses should have policies in place that hold even the owners accountable. While awkward, it’s less expensive than defending a federal lawsuit.

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