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 for more information on the case as it becomes available.

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