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Garrison accused of sexual harassment by former female worker

There is a fine line between having a bit of fun at work and making comments that others may find offensive. In order to keep the work environment comfortable for everyone, all workers should pay attention to the way that they act. A woman who worked for an oil field services company in Texas claims that her co-workers subjected her to sexual harassment.

The plaintiff began working for Garrison Contractors Inc. as a dump truck driver in 2012. She was the only female worker and spent her days side by side with her male peers. As a roustabout, the woman would dig ditches, mend leaks and keep the equipment clean.

The woman alleges that her co-workers did not respect her. The men purportedly made crude comments that she found to be inappropriate. Disturbed by the men's behavior, the plaintiff brought her complaint forward to try to get the activity to cease. She claims that she was fired after she reported the sexual harassment.

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission filed a sexual harassment complaint on the plaintiff's behalf in a Texas federal court. The court ruled in the plaintiff's favor and awarded her $30,000 and other redress to settle her lawsuit. In addition, Garrison must also provide yearly training for employees on retaliation for the next three years. It must also have a written anti-retaliation policy to protect workers in the future and have it in view. There must also be an anti-discrimination policy that can be read by workers so that they understand their rights under the law.

Source: hrmorning.com, "Woman awarded $30k after reporting oilfield sexual harassment", Tim Gould, Sept. 3, 2015

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