Bayer MaterialScience LLC and one of its supervisors are named as defendants in a case filed by a mother and her son. People in Texas and elsewhere may be disturbed to hear that the materials giant is being accused of sexual harassment and inflicting emotional distress. Both plaintiffs worked for the company as chemical operators -- the mother for 27 years and her son for just over a year.
The year after the son was hired, he began having pain in his kidney, and blood was found in his urine. After a physical done by a company nurse, he was instructed to see a family doctor because of the blood that was found. Four months later, the man was fired by his supervisor for allegedly falling asleep at work.
Several hours after the termination, the supervisor called a co-worker and a union steward to watch after the mother's job duties so that she could, with his assistance, move her car to the mainland. According to the complaint, the steward advised against the two of them going together, but the supervisor insisted. Once they got there, the supervisor allegedly began to apologize about her son's termination and told her that he would be there to talk if she needed to discuss her feelings and began rubbing her shoulder.
After they returned, the woman allegedly told the steward what occurred, and he told her that he believed that the actions were planned beforehand. She claims she informed another supervisor of the incident and was able to go home. From that point forward, she claims she suffered emotionally and was unable to work for several months. Although she believes that what happened was sexual harassment, she was never compensated for the time she could not work and both plaintiffs are asking for monetary damages. Aggrieved Texas workers in similar situations may turned to the court system to prevent the harassment from occurring in the future and to right the injustices against them.
Source: wvrecord.com, "Mother, son sue Bayer for emotional distress", Kyla Asbury, May 1, 2015