Daimler Trucks North America will pay $40,000 to settle a lawsuit alleging sexual harassment filed by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the agency said.
The EEOC alleged that in December 2012, a male co-worker inappropriately touched the buttocks of a female truck assembler who worked at Daimler’s Mt. Holly plant. The female worker complained to the company. The day after, Daimler fired her.
In the lawsuit, the EEOC argued Holt was fired because she complained about what she reasonably believed was sexual harassment. Such a decision, the EEOC said, violates Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which makes it illegal to retaliate against an employee who complains about discrimination.
The EEOC filed suit in federal court in Charlotte.
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Among other actions, the company will provide annual training on retaliation to all supervisors, managers and employees at its Mt. Holly plant.
“Punishing employees who complain about harassment violates federal law and only makes a bad situation worse,” said Lynette A. Barnes, regional attorney for the EEOC’s Charlotte District Office. “We are pleased that Daimler Trucks has agreed to provide training to its supervisors and managers as part of its efforts to ensure that retaliation does not occur in its workplace.”
Daimler Trucks North America is headquartered in Portland, Ore., and manufactures trucks at its Mt. Holly plant.