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Elyria suit highlights harassment investigations

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Multilink, an Elyria-based supplier of computer networking equipment, is fighting off an EEOC sexual harassment lawsuit that might have been prevented if it had investigated an employee’s initial complaint.

Nancy Noble originally complained about sexual harassment shortly after she began working there in 2009. The EEOC alleges that although Multilink’s HR staff and other managers were  aware of the sex-based harassment and abusive work environment, the company failed to conduct a proper investigation or take action to stop the misconduct.

Now the EEOC is suing on Noble’s behalf, seeking injunctive relief, lost wages and benefits. But that could be the least of the company’s worries. The EEOC wants class-action status for the lawsuit, which means it could be open to all other women who worked in Multilink’s Elyria office. That means the sky’s the limit on the company’s potential liability.

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