Safelite Denies Claims in EEOC Suit Alleging
Sexual Harassment, Retaliation
November 26, 2010
Safelite Glass Corp. has filed a response to the sexual harassment
and retaliation suit filed against it in August by the U.S. Equal
Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). The company denies the
allegations in the complaint, in which EEOC charges
the company with subjecting a female employee to a hostile work
environment because of her sex and discharging her in retaliation
for complaining about the sexually hostile work environment, according
to court documents.
The EEOC alleges that Lee Laraviere-Steele, who worked as a human
resources assistant in the company's Enfield, N.C., manufacturing
and distribution facility, was subjected to sexual harassment from
March 2007 until March 2008 by the facility's male human resources
(HR) manager, and that her employment was terminated when she complained
about the alleged behavior.
In addition to denying the allegations made against it, Safelite
claims that the claims may be barred by several items, including
the applicable statute of limitations and the doctrines of waiver,
estoppel, unclean hands, preemption and laches. In addition, the
company claims that both EEOC and Laraviere-Steele "failed
to exhaust their administrative remedies."
The company goes on to claim that Laraviere-Steele failed to provide
notice to Safelite of a hostile work environment or sexual discrimination,
if any, and further failed to pursue internal procedures to
remedy any such complaints or problems.
Stay tuned to glassBYTEs.com for more information on the case as
it becomes available.
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