Muskegon County faces a U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) lawsuit claiming the county failed to respond to sexual harassment complaints dating back nine years.
In 2000, Eva Amaya, a former computer analyst for the 60th District Court, complained about inappropriate touching by co-worker Eugene Beene. Despite ongoing complaints from Amaya and other women, the court did nothing to stop Beene’s behavior until he was fired in 2006, the lawsuit claims.
In November 2006, Amaya filed a complaint with the EEOC, which led to criminal charges against Beene. In a separate lawsuit, Amaya alleged the county retaliated against her by disciplining and eventually terminating her.
“Inappropriate and unwelcome touching cannot be tolerated in the workplace,” said Grace Chung Becker, acting assistant attorney general for the DOJ’s Civil Rights Division. “Employers must not allow these environments to fester in their workplaces.”
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