The EEOC announced that Nichols Gas & Oil, Inc., a former New York fuel supply company based in Macedon, will pay nine women $150,000 to settle a sexual harassment lawsuit.
According to the nine women, company owner Wayne Nichols groped their breasts and buttocks, made sexually explicit propositions and comments including requests for sexual intercourse, and other lewd remarks. Nichols routinely referred to female employees using sexually degrading terms and made offensive and graphic comments about sex acts and genitalia.
Nichols Gas & Oil, was purchased by Townsend Oil Corporation, doing business as Townsend Oil & Propane in November 2005. In September 2007, Townsend was added to the lawsuit as a successor defendant.