SleeveCo, Inc., a company based in Dawsonville, Georgia that manufactures stretch-and-shrink sleeve labels, has agreed to pay $200,000 to settle a sexual harassment lawsuit brought by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC).
The lawsuit, filed on April 29, 2008, accused SleeveCo, Inc. of subjecting employee Tammy Stratton to sexual harassment and a hostile work environment. The EEOC claimed that Anthony (“Tiger”) Cain, a manager at SleeveCo, subjected Stratton to inappropriate touching, rubbed his body against her, made numerous sex-based comments, and pressured her to have sex with him. After one instance, Stratton told Cain that he was married and told him to leave her alone.
The EEOC also charged that Cain threatened to “blow (Stratton’s) head off” when he heard her complaining to SleeveCo’s Line Supervisor/Assistant Foreman Jackie Funderburk, Jr. and Plant Manager, Clifton (“Butch”) Buckner about Cain’s conduct. Immediately after threatening her, Cain took steps to terminate her employment, and she was fired.
Bernice Williams-Kimbrough, district director for the EEOC’s Atlanta office, said, “The EEOC is pleased with the outcome of this lawsuit. SleeveCo has indicated by its actions that it is serious in preventing sex-based harassment in the future. Most importantly, the consent decree will inure to the benefit of current and future female employees.”