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Former Oshkosh Corporation boss allegedly fired for reporting discrimination and sexual harassment

Scott Sherwood, a former global manufacturing systems manager at Oshkosh Corporation, has filed a lawsuit against the company for allegedly retaliating against him and firing him after he reported several incidents of racial and sexual discrimination and sexual harassment that he had witnessed.

According to The Northwestern:
The complaint states that in April 2009, Sherwood saw what he believed were several incidents of racial and sexual discrimination and sexual harassment at the Oshkosh plant including:—A supervisor bullying a female employee;—A supervisor tossing a piece of candy at a female employee’s breasts and down her shirt front;—Racial slurs made at staff meetings by Sherwood’s boss, Joe Matosevic;—Hiring a male applicant without regard for his job qualifications.
Sherwood spoke with Leon Nett, the company’s Human Resources manager, about his observations and concerns and was told they would be treated with confidentiality and without fear of retaliation.
Sherwood soon learned that his comments hadn’t been kept confidential and Nett told Sherwood that he reported the conversation and Sherwood’s identity to others.
Sherwood then took the matter to Ruth Schroeder, who heads the company’s Corporate Compliance office and received the same assurances about confidentiality.
On May 1, 2009, Sherwood was fired without be given a specific reason.

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