Three Women Name Company in Sexual Harassment Lawsuits
Three lawsuits have been filed by former women employees against EAN Holdings after the former employees claim they were sexually harassed by a supervisor. The women have named the supervisor, Brandon Michaels, as a defendant in the lawsuits as well.
According to the three complaints filed in Ohio Circuit Court, Crystal Tysinger, Olivia Bowen and Sahkita Galloway were all employed by EAN and were supervised by Michaels. The plaintiffs claim that during their employments at EAN, they were sexually harassed and subjected to a hostile work environment by Michaels, while he was acting within the scope of his employment with EAN. The harassment included Michaels inappropriately touching the plaintiffs and making improper sexual comments in the workplace, as stated in the lawsuits. The plaintiffs claimed that they notified EAN about the sexual harassment and hostile work environment, and ultimately, Galloway and Bowen were transferred to other locations to work. Tysinger was forced to resign from her employment.
The lawsuit states that the defendants actions/inactions violated the West Virginia Human Rights Act. The plaintiffs claim EAN negligently and/or recklessly hired, retained and/or supervised Michaels as an employee, despite its knowledge that Michaels had sexually harassed employees in the past. As a direct and proximate result of the defendants’ actions, the plaintiffs suffered indignity, embarrassment, humiliation, emotional distress, annoyance and inconvenience. The plaintiffs are seeking compensatory and punitive damages. They are being represented byPaul L. Frampton of Atkinson & Polak; and Christopher J. Heavens of Heavens Law Firm PLLC.
Sexual harassment is a form of gender discrimination. It is based on outdated stereotypes of a woman or man’s “role” in the workplace. To segregate or confer disparate treatment on an individual based on his or her membership in a particular group is the essence of discrimination. When it comes to depriving individuals of equal opportunity and benefits in employment, employers are liable for violations of state and federal law. These antidiscrimination laws carry heavy penalties for employers that engage in sexual harassment. Sexual harassment refers to any form of unwelcome physical or verbal conduct that is made a condition of employment or that contributes to a hostile work environment.
If you or someone you know is the victim of sexual harassment, the experienced sexual harassment lawyers of Heavens Law Firm can help. We are recognized leaders in employment discrimination law. If you have reported the abuse to management and are not satisfied with its response, we can help you file a complaint with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). Our firm aggressively pursues your claim by cutting through the red tape. Because the EEOC claims and appeals process is relatively complex, it is helpful to have an experienced attorney who can advocate for your best interests. At Heavens Law Firm, we are dedicated to helping you achieve the best outcome possible at trial or through settlement.