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 EEOC’s 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 complainant’s 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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