Safelite Officials Dispute Sexual Harassment Suit Filed Against
It by EEOC
August 11, 2010
The Safelite Group issued a statement
today objecting to the suit
filed against it last Friday by the Equal Employment Opportunity
Commission (EEOC) charging it with sexual harassment and retaliation
against a former employee at its Enfield, N.C., facility. The statement
was provided via e-mail by company spokesperson Jenny Cain.
The case is two years old, writes Cain. In 2008,
when we first became aware of it, we acted immediately. We investigated
the complaint thoroughly and found that the claims were unfounded.
The company also disputes the EEOCs allegation the employee
involved, Lee Laraviere-Steele, former human resources assistant
at Enfield, complained about the harassment and was fired as a result
of her complaint.
It is also important to note that no sexual harassment complaints
were ever brought to our attention during the complainants
tenure of employment at Safelite as the lawsuit states, continues
the e-mailed statement. Those complaints were made after the
complainant was terminated for cause. We are confident that this
lawsuit is unfounded. We stand by the associates who are being accused
and will adamantly defend them against these allegations.
Safelite officials say the company also has systems in place to
prevent such occurrences.
We have mechanisms in place for each associate to share their
concerns, including an Ethics Hotline, a direct e-mail to the CEO,
designated HR business partners located throughout the country and
an open-door policy that extends to each associate, adds Cain.
It is our corporate policy to act on every concern that an
associate raises as discretely and confidentially as possible under
the circumstances. This case is no different.
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