The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has filed a sexual harassment lawsuit against a New Hampshire heating oil company. The owner of Hudson-based Fred Fuller Oil and Propane Company is accused of sexually harassing two of his female employees, one of whom was later fired. The complaint, filed in the U.S. District Court in Concord, asks that the company pay the former employees for lost wages and punitive damages.
The first victim was repeatedly harassed by the defendant, the EEOC claims. The victim was consistently confronted with lewd comments and gestures, unwelcome physical contact, requests for sexual favors, and more. The defendant’s behavior created a hostile work environment for the victim, who finally quit after the defendant allegedly fondled her. She filed charges against the defendant, who pleaded no contest.
According to sexual harassment complaint, the second victim was also subjected to repeated sexual advances. The defendant, who knew that the victims were friends, later fired the second victim in retaliation for the sex harassment suit that the first victim was filing against him.
The Defendant Has Been Charged with Sexual Harassment in the Past
This is not the first time the defendant has been in trouble with the EEOC. Suit was previously filed against him on behalf of five other female employees. The previous suit claimed that he had sexually harassed these women and asked another woman to lie in court for him. The suit was settled in 2005, and the defendant was ordered to pay $780,000 in damages.
In the 2005 case, the EEOC described the defendant as a “serial sexual harasser”. Unfortunately, despite the exhaustive efforts of the EEOC, many employees are still subjected to sexual harassment. Employers like the defendant create a hostile work environment for their employees, and their behavior is unacceptable. If you have been a victim of sexual harassment in the workplace, an experienced sexual harassment attorney can help you get compensation for workplace harassment.
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The New Jersey employment lawyers of Sidney L. Gold & Associates believe everyone has the right to a safe workplace. Our knowledgeable sexual harassment lawyers will review the facts of your case and help you through every step of the process to get you the compensation and peace of mind that you deserve. With offices conveniently located in Center City Philadelphia, we serve clients throughout Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Call us today at 215-569-1999 or contact us online to speak to a qualified sexual harassment attorney.