One Year Later: Sexual Harassment Suit Continues,
Mediation a Possibility
August 19, 2011
It has been one year this month since the Equal Employment Opportunity
Commission filed a sexual harassment suit against Safelite based
on allegations made by a former employee of its Enfield, N.C., facility.
As the year mark has passed, the plaintiffs, which now include the
former employee, Lee Laraviere-Steele and her husband, Darrell,
have now joined together with the defendants to agree one on at
least one itemthat more time for discovery is needed.
motion was filed yesterday by all the parties in the case, which
includes Gregory Byrd, Laraviere-Steele's former supervisor at the
company, yesterday, saying that all of the parties met on July 20
and "conferred about the discovery and mediation of this case."
"At the meeting, the parties discussed the deposition schedule
and the availability of material witnesses," reads the joint
motion. "Counsel for all parties agreed that additional time
for discovery is necessary in order to schedule depositions for
all material witnesses to this case."
Likewise, the parties say they anticipate scheduling mediation
around October 27, and that a movement of the "dispositive
motions deadline to November 21, 2011, will enable the parties to
engage in meaningful discussions at mediation to determine if resolution
to this matter is possible."
The EEOC filed
the suit on August 6, 2010, and Laraviere-Steele and Steele
were added as plaintiffs earlier this year. Laraviere-Steele alleges
that "Safelite and Byrd discriminated against [her] by subjecting
her to a sexually hostile work environment because of her sex, and
by discharging [her] in retaliation for complaining about her sexually
hostile work environment." She also claims that the company
and Byrd "intentionally and/or negligently inflicted emotional
distress upon Laraviere-Steele throughout the foregoing acts."
Steele claims he suffered "loss of consortium" as a result
of the alleged events.
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