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EEOC flips switch on harassment suit against Philips Lighting

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in Discrimination and Harassment,Human Resources

The EEOC is suing Philips Lighting, alleging that it allowed a woman who worked in its Dallas warehouse to endure severe sexual harassment.

The lawsuit claims that Kewanda Lawson, the only woman in the warehouse, experienced unwelcome sexually vulgar comments, advances and touches by her manager and co-workers, including being called “bitch” and “slut.” She also claims that one co-worker exposed himself to her.

Lawson said she reported the harassment to management, but nothing was done. Then she quit and complained to the EEOC.

EEOC Senior Trial Attorney Devika Seth called the conduct “unacceptable and illegal,” and said, “A company this size should have the knowledge and resources to effectively handle complaints of sexual harassment.”

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