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Kinro Manufacturing Inc. and Timothy Puffer sued for sexual harassment

A female former employee filed a sexual harassment lawsuit against Kinro Manufacturing, Inc. and her former boss, Timothy Puffer.

Lorelei Mounsey worked at the Goshen, Indiana-based Kinro Manufacturing from June 13, 2012 to May 23, 2013. On May 3, 2013, Mounsey was transferred from her original position to a position in Kinro’s glass plant, and she was placed under the supervision of Timothy Puffer.

Mounsey claims that Puffer sexually harassed her and subjected her to civil battery and the intentional infliction of emotional distress. On the first day that Mounsey began working under Puffer, Puffer allegedly ran his fingers across Mounsey’s upper chest where she has a tattoo of the name “Timothy” and told her, “you have my name tattooed on you.” Mounsey claims that she backed away and went back to work.

Puffer allegedly began making inappropriate advances to Mounsey, telling her things such as, “I will take good care of you” and “you know you are beautiful?” Mounsey claims that Puffer would bring her coffee as well as invade her personal space whenever he was near her.

Mounsey alleges that she did not reciprocate Puffer’s advances and tried to discourage the harassment by ignoring Puffer.

A few weeks into her new position, Puffer allegedly began accelerating his harassment of Mounsey. On one occasion, Puffer allegedly invited Mounsey to leave the work site with him “to have ice cream,” but Mounsey told him that her husband would be arriving at the office soon to have lunch with her.

According to the complaint, “Other co-workers noticed Defendant Puffer’s inappropriate behavior around [Mounsey] and told [Mounsey] Defendant Puffer was known as a ‘pervert.’ [Mounsey] learned about a previous female employee Defendant Puffer ‘favored’ and bought gifts for.”

On May 16, 2014, Mounsey allegedly became overwhelmed with anxiety and depression due to the alleged harassment by Puffer and the fear of losing her job. Mounsey called in sick and went to see her doctor, who prescribed her anti-anxiety medication.

Mounsey returned to work on May 21, 2013, and on May 23, 2013, Puffer allegedly approached Mounsey from behind and pressed his genitals against her hand. Mounsey claims that she immediately pulled her hand away, and Puffer walked away from her area.

After she arrived home from work that day, Mounsey told her husband about the incident and the harassment, and both Mounsey and her husband tried calling Kinro to report the harassment, but they could not get through to anyone, so Mounsey’s husband left two voice messages with Kinro explaining how Mounsey was sexually harassed and requesting to speak with someone about the alleged harassment.

Nobody from Kinro returned Mounsey’s husband’s phone calls, and Mounsey was terminated effective May 23, 2013. According to the complaint, “Due to the stress and anxiety of being harassed, battered, and terminated from her employer, [Mounsey] attempted suicide on June 7, 2013.”

Mounsey filed a discrimination charge with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission on October 29, 2013 and received a Notice of Right to Sue from the EEOC on July 25, 2014.

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.

Kinro Manufacturing Inc. and Timothy Puffer sued for sexual harassment
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