The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) recently settled a lawsuit brought against a Wisconsin-based construction products firm. The EEOC filed the suit against Richardson Industries of Sheboygan (working as Richco Structures) when an employee, Morgan Rae Brocker, charged that she was fired in retaliation for reporting sexual harassment by a supervisor suffered at a company Christmas party in 2005.
Such an action violates he Civil Rights Act of 1964, which, among other things, protects citizens from discrimination based on gender.
Richco Structures contends that there was no violation, but agreed to settle in order to avoid prolonged and costly litigation.
However, U.S. District Jude Charles Clevert entered a decree that reasserts the prohibition against discrimination in the future and orders that Richco pay Ms. Brocker $22,500 while training managers and supervisors on employer’s obligations with respect to Title VII of the Civil Rights Act.
Terminations such as these create an atmosphere of fear and discourage employees from reporting sexual harassment and unsafe work practices. However, the EEOC is committed to protecting workers’ rights and creating a space of safety so a worker can act as a “whistleblower.”
Washington Labor & Industries Attorneys are also committed to protecting your rights. If you report harassment or unsafe work conditions and experience any form of retaliation by your employer you should immediately contact the experienced Labor & Industries Lawyers at Emery Reddy to safeguard your rights and to work on your behalf for lawful compensation.