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EEOC sues oilfield contractor over alleged sexual harassment

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An oilfield services company in Iraan, Texas, faces an EEOC lawsuit after its only female roust­­about was fired.

The woman claimed a supervisor and co-worker at Gar­­ri­­son Con­­trac­­tors subjected her to unwanted sexual advances. She alleges that when she complained to the company CEO, he fired her.

She filed a complaint with the EEOC and the parties failed to resolve the dispute during the commission’s conciliation process. The EEOC has now filed suit on her behalf.

Note: Arguments in these kinds of EEOC cases proceed in a specific order. First, the employee must show that she made the complaint. Then the employer must demonstrate that it investigated it. If the employer cannot show evidence of an investigation, it will lose in court.

Advice: Always offer multiple avenues employees can use to report ­­har­­ass­ment and discrimination. Establish procedures to investigate every harassment complaint.

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