Former Gerber Collision & Glass Employee, Company Reach Settlement Over Sexual Discrimination Allegations

Former Gerber Collision & Glass employee Janine Coluzzi of Naperville, Ill., has reached a settlement with the company over allegations that she was sexually harassed by a co-worker and general manager.

She was employed by Gerber from January 2011 to January 2012.

“Coluzzi was subjected to pervasive sexual statements, suggestive sexual comments, degrading and derogatory remarks, which were unwelcome and offensive,” her attorney alleged.

She sought a judgment in her favor and to be awarded at least $100,000.

Gerber denied the allegations.

“At all times material hereto, defendant had in effect a policy prohibiting harassment and discrimination based on age, religion, sex, race, ethnicity and color and a procedure for addressing complaints regarding harassment in the workplace,” according to Gerber’s attorney.

The two parties held a settlement conference and reached an agreement.

“All matters in dispute between the plaintiff, Janine Coluzzi, and defendant, The Gerber Group, having been satisfactorily compromised and settled, it is hereby stipulated and agreed upon by and between the parties, through their respective counsel, that plaintiff’s claims against defendant are hereby dismissed with prejudice,” the judge writes.

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