A former bank teller at the Capital One bank branch on Page Avenue in Staten Island, New York, has filed a sexual harassment lawsuit against her former employer.
Jennifer Cartiglia claims that her former boss, branch manager William Mehnert, subjected her to a sexually hostile work environment and then fired her in retaliation for complaining about the alleged sexual harassment.
According to Cartiglia, Mehnert groped her buttocks and made lewd and offensive sexually suggestive comments to her and other female employees.
Cartiglia alleges that she complained to Mehnert but that he ignored or did not take her complaints seriously.
Cartiglia claims that she and a female assistant manager called Capital One’s Human Resources/Ethics hotline on June 11, 2010 to report Mehnert’s alleged sexual harassment. Although they were told they would be contacted by a company representative, Cartiglia allegedly did not receive a response from Capital One’s HR department.
Mehnert fired Cartiglia six days after she conveyed her sexual harassment accusations to the HR Ethics hotline. Mehnert claims that he fired Cartiglia because she left her drawer open when the bank closed on June 16, while Cartiglia alleges that she was fired in retaliation for complaining about the alleged hostile work environment.
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