A former bus driver for the Happy Valley School in Peoria, Arizona has filed a sexual harassment and retaliation lawsuit against the school.
Melissa Phillips, who began working for Happy Valley School as a bus driver in April 2007, claims that she was subjected to a sexually hostile work environment by her boss, Billy Escobar, who allegedly made numerous sexual comments to Phillips and sent her over 900 sexually explicit emails and numerous sexually explicit text messages.
Phillips claims that she learned that Escobar sexually harassed another female employee. That employee allegedly made numerous complaints about the sexual harassment but the school allegedly did not take any actions to stop the harassment.
Phillips alleges that she reported Escobar’s behavior and sexually explicit emails to the Happy Valley School management team, but the management team “did nothing to prohibit Mr. Escobar from further inappropriate actions towards [Phillips].”
In addition, Phillips claims that she complained about Escobar’s harassment to the principal of Happy Valley School on October 29, 2010. Instead of taking action to investigate Phillips’ allegations, the school allegedly fired her in retaliation several days later on November 1, 2010.
Phillips filed a sexual harassment complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission on November 5, 2010, and the EEOC issued a notice of right to sue on August 8, 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.