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Oilfield services firm settles retaliation suit for $30,000

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Garrison Contractors, a West Texas oil-industry construction company, has agreed to settle charges it retaliated against a female employee after she reported sexual harassment.

The woman, who worked as a roustabout driving a dump truck and maintaining heavy equipment, was the only female Garrison employee working in the field.

She complained to supervisors that male co-workers often made lewd comments.

According the complaint she filed with the EEOC, the company failed to investigate the complaint and then fired her.

The EEOC attempted to resolve the complaint through its conciliation process, but when those efforts failed, it filed suit. Garrison opted to settle instead of going to trial.

Under the settlement, the company will pay the fired woman $30,000. Additionally, the company must annually train its supervisors about how to deal with harassment charges and avoid retaliating against those who report it.

The settlement agreement also requires Garrison to implement a written anti-retaliation policy.

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