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AT&T sued for sexual harassment

On November 3, 2014 a former Austin, Texas-based consultant filed a sexual harassment lawsuit against AT&T. Lavanya Chintapalli claims that AT&T allowed a sexually hostile work environment to exist in its workplace. Chintapalli alleges that she was forced to endure inappropriate and offensive comments by her boss, Greg Dardis, and that after she refused Dardis’ unwanted advances, he became cold and avoided her, which made her day-to-day work difficult.

Although Chintapalli began working for AT&T on December 17, 2012, she claims that Dardis began sexually harassing her starting on November 1, 2012, which was the day after she was interviewed by Dardis. According to the complaint, AT&T “made no attempt to prevent this pervasive harassment and was aware of Defendant Dardis’ unwelcome sexual harassment and of his past acts of sexual harassment against another female subordinate.”

On January 20, 2013, Chintapalli filed a sexual harassment complaint against Gregory Dardis through AT&T’s EEO Hotline.  She claims that she was immediately retaliated against and then terminated on April 4, 2013 for filing the sexual harassment complaint.

Chintapalli alleges that on March 4, 2013, she received an announcement that Dardis had been terminated. According to the complaint, “[AT&T’s] EEOC response virtually admits that Dardis engaged in sexual harassment of Plaintiff, and that Dardis was fired for his sexual harassment of Plaintiff because Dardis had previously engaged in similar sexual harassment of another female employee, for which he had been placed on final warning.”

This is a report on a civil lawsuit filed at the U.S. District Court. The details in this report come from an original complaint filed by a plaintiff. Please note that a complaint represents an accusation by a private individual, not the government. It is not an indication of guilt, and it represents only one side of the story.

AT&T sued for sexual harassment
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