The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission announced that Genlyte Thomas Group, LLC, doing business as Philips Entertainment Lighting, will pay $30,000 to settle a sexual harassment lawsuit filed by the agency.
According to the EEOC, former Philips Entertainment Lighting employee KeWanda Lawson was subjected to a sexually hostile work environment by the warehouse manager, Trent Bertrand, and other co-workers.
The EEOC claims that Lawson endured unwanted touches, requests for sexual relations, money being rubbed on her body, forced kisses, derogatory names, being called a “b—h” and “slut,” and even having an employee expose his private parts to her on the job.
Lawson alleges that she reported the harassment to management but nothing was done to stop the harassing conduct or impose timely discipline on the harassers. Ultimately, Lawson was forced to resign.