Alabama trucking company Joe Ryan Trucking has agreed to pay a former employee $15,000 to settle an EEOC sexual harassment lawsuit.
According to the EEOC, Joe Ryan Trucking and its owner subjected a female office clerk to a sexually hostile work environment that included the sharing of pornographic photos in the workplace and vulgar and derogatory comments about women.
Although the female employee claims she complained to the company owner multiple times and asked him to stop harassing her, the work environment allegedly became so hostile that the clerk, who was the only female employee at Joe Ryan Trucking’s office, was ultimately forced to quit her job.
As part of the settlement agreement, Joe Ryan trucking has committed to implementing new policies and practices designed to prevent sexual harassment. The company will also conduct employee training on anti-discrimination laws and post informational notices at the work site.
EEOC district director Delner Franklin-Thomas said, “A woman who chooses to work in a male-dominated industry or workplace does not give up her right to be free from sexual harassment. Employers who allow their workplaces to be permeated with sexually derogatory language and conduct are not meeting their obligations under federal law. When employers choose not to meet those obligations, the EEOC is prepared to pursue all appropriate means to hold them accountable.”
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