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Cyclone settles same-sex drilling rig harassment case

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in Discrimination and Harassment,Human Resources

Cyclone Drilling Company of Gillette has agreed to pay $45,000 to Mark Lujan for sexual harassment he said he endured while working at a drilling rig on the Western Slope.

The EEOC filed the lawsuit, claiming Lujan’s supervisor, Jim Stout, subjected him to inappropriate sexual remarks and unwanted groping.

When Lujan complained, the lawsuit alleges, he was forced to resign. Stephanie Struble, senior trial attorney in the EEOC’s Denver office, said its investigation found that Stout had harassed other employees.

Patrick Hladky, a contract manager for Cyclone, said the company settled for economic reasons, and denied the allegations.

“When you have men working and living together for extended periods, there is going to be horseplay and playing around to break up the monotony of work,” he told the Casper Star-Tribune. That doesn’t constitute sexual harassment, Hladky said.

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