This is the second time that the federal agency has sued the Fred Fuller Oil Co. In July 2005, Fred Fuller agreed to pay $780,000 to five women to settle the earlier EEOC sexual harassment lawsuit.
According to the EEOC’s previous complaint, company owner Fred Fuller was a bad boss who created a sexually hostile work environment by groping the five women, demanding sexual favors from them, firing some of the employees who complained about the sexual harassment, and tried to convince one of the women to lie about the harassment.
In the previous lawsuit, the EEOC said that “Fuller engaged in almost every type of sexual harassment possible, short of rape. He assaulted, he touched, he humiliated, he berated and he insulted these women, all on account of their sex. His behavior was repeated, routine, egregious and continuous.'”
Fuller has denied the EEOC’s allegations.
In the current sexual harassment complaint, the EEOC claims that Fuller forced a female employee to quit in July 2011 after he sexually assaulted her by squeezing both of her breasts from behind while he pinned her down against a desk. Fuller had allegedly subjected at employee to numerous incidents of unwanted and inappropriate sexual comments and touching.
EEOC attorney Markus Penzel said, “The Commission characterized Fred Fuller as a ‘serial sexual harasser’ in its first lawsuit. Unfortunately, that still seems to be true.”