On behalf of a former employee who claims she was the target of sexual harassment at work, including requests for sex and explicit remarks about rape in her presence, federal officials are suing SkyWest Airlines.
DALLAS (AP) — The federal government has filed a lawsuit against SkyWest Airlines on behalf of a former worker who claims that coworkers harassed her sexually, including by seeking her for sex and making explicit remarks about rape in her presence.
In a lawsuit submitted on Wednesday, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission alleged that SkyWest discriminated against the woman by making her work in a hostile atmosphere and taking adverse action when she raised concerns. She finally gave up.
An inquiry for comment was not immediately answered by SkyWest.
In Dallas’ federal district court, the EEOC filed a lawsuit. According to the agency, the harassment began when the lady shifted to SkyWest’s parts and repair department at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport in 2019 and included remarks from the maintenance supervisor. The woman joined Utah-based SkyWest in 2007. She expressed to a different manager that she “felt singled out as… a young woman in a male-dominated building.
The harassment forced the woman to take a six-week unpaid medical vacation, and it persisted after she got back. According to the lawsuit, she complained to the airline’s human resources division and was subsequently put on administrative leave.
An internal inquiry revealed that some of the woman’s coworkers supported her claims, and an employee relations manager suggested that all staff members undergo obligatory sexual harassment training, according to the EEOC. The woman resigned in May 2020, five months after receiving no information on the probe.
A minor airline called SkyWest flies for larger airlines like American Airlines.
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