Operator tech sues chemical company for sex discrimination

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A former employee at Lanxess Corp. has sued her former employer, claiming the company discriminated against her because of her gender. Originally hired in January 2012, the woman worked at Lanxess’ facility in Orange as an operator technician. According to her complaint, the problems began almost immediately.

She recounts male employees telling her “women aren’t supposed to be back here” and that it was “not a woman’s job.” She claims to have lodged many complaints with her supervisors. Rather than investigating them, though, she asserts they simply retaliated against her by giving her substandard evaluations. All her supervisors were male.

After filing a formal complaint with the EEOC, she alleges company officials blamed her for a male co-worker’s violation of company rules and placed her on probation. Despite the co-worker admitting fault, she was put on suspension and fired.

The suit seeks damages for back pay and front pay, compensatory damages for emotional pain and suffering, in­­convenience, mental anguish, loss of enjoyment of life, exemplary damages, attorneys’ fees and court costs.

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