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 even the phone company lacks.
- Crom companies head to court to defend harassment charges
- Punitive damages based on staff size at time of discrimination
- Hiring friends, family not illegal—Unless race factors in
- Categorize reasons why you impose employee discipline
- Don't make juries use their imaginations! Tell decision-makers to keep interview notes