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Verizon settles harassment suit filed by Pittsburgh woman

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in Discrimination and Harassment,Human Resources,Office Communication,Workplace Communication

Telecom company Verizon is getting a lesson in communication.

Lissa Hannan, a Verizon employee in the Pittsburgh area, filed a complaint alleging a male contractor sexually harassed her. The company essentially put her on hold and then hung up. Ten days after she filed her complaint, Verizon fired Hannan.

Hannan’s EEOC suit was apparently a wake-up call for Verizon. The company agreed to pay her $37,000 to settle the suit and train its employees and supervisors how to handle sexual harassment complaints in the future.

Note: Employers must have an avenue to report sexual harassment and make good-faith efforts to investigate the complaint. Explaining to a jury why you fired an employee 10 days after she filed a complaint may require communication skills even the phone company lacks.

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Mary Riley February 5, 2013 at 1:38 pm

Jessie Rudolff is a supervisor with Etech Inc. in Nacogdoches, Texas. He has had 3 sexual harrassement affairs with female employees that I know of. When they threaten to report what he does to them, he gives them a promotion to management to shut them up. The latest woman is Jessica Tolley for almost 2 years. Now there is someone new. If jessie Rudolff follows the employee hand book, why does it not apply to him as well?

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