A former recruiter for K-Sea Transportation of Staten Island is suing the company for $16 million, claiming it failed to address her sexual harassment complaints. Melissa Brennan says she was groped, ogled, pinched and barraged with comments about her figure and requests for dates after she joined the company in 2004.
When she complained, she says the company transferred her to a New Jersey office rather than deal with the harassment.
K-Sea operates a fleet of barges, tugboats and fuel tankers, and employs only a handful of women. The men “say and do what they like and they don’t show any respect or professionalism toward women,” Brennan says. Finally, in August of last year, Brennan quit in disgust.
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