Venessia Higginbotham, an employee at an Alabama Walmart deli, filed a sexual harassment and retaliation lawsuit against Wal-Mart Stores East LP on December 18, 2014.
Higginbotham claims that Walmart Deli Manager Teresa Hatcher, Tony Jennings, and Melissa Wilson subjected her to a sexually hostile work environment.
Almost immediately after starting to work at Walmart, Higginbotham alleges that Jennings, Wilson, and Hatcher made sexually offensive comments about customers and their own sexual desires.
In speaking of customers, Jennings allegedly said on an almost daily basis that he would like to have sex with customers by saying, “I would like to get some of that” and he also allegedly made reference to oral sex.
Wilson allegedly made comments about female customers that she would like to “f**k.” Wilson allegedly talked about wanting to get “some of that,” and “lick that.”
Hatcher allegedly talked about what she planned on doing on the weekend and at night by dry humping the air. Hatcher was also allegedly present during many comments by both Jennings and Wilson, and despite the fact that she was a manager she allegedly never told them to stop their sexually offensive comments.
Higginbotham claims that she complained indirectly to Daniel Blair and to Patrick Ogletree. Ogletree allegedly confirmed to Higginbotham that he had received her sexual harassment complaints, and he allegedly indicted to her that he would be watching Hatcher, Jennings, and Wilson.
Higginbotham alleges that the sexually inappropriate comments continued even after she complained to Ogletree. According to her lawsuit complaint, Walmart did not take effective measures to stop the sexual harassment, thereby subjecting her to a sexually hostile work environment.
Higginbotham claims that she was then fired by Ogletree in August 2013 in retaliation for having complained about the sexually hostile work environment.
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 is not an indication of guilt, and it represents only one side of the story.