EEOC Files Lawsuit against Home Health Care Company for Sexual Harassment and Retaliation

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) recently filed a discrimination lawsuit against Help at Home Inc. (with offices throughout Alabama and Mississippi), a company that provides home health care to elderly and disabled individuals.  The EEOC’s lawsuit alleges that Help at Home violated federal law by allowing the company’s regional director to sexually harass employees.  The lawsuit also claims that the company unlawfully retaliated against and fired the victims and their supervisor for complaining.

According to the complaint, in early September 2009, two employees at Help at Home’s office, complained to the branch manager that the regional director sexually harassed them. The harassment allegedly included graphic and offensive comments referencing sexual acts in the workplace.  After the supervisor of the two female employees complained on behalf of her subordinates, the two female employees along with the supervisor were fired.

The EEOC appears to be growing more active in litigating claims against employers that fail to implement policies and procedures to prevent and respond to sexual harassment in the workplace.  Our firm handles many cases throughout the State of Alabama on behalf of employees who have suffered improper harassment and discrimination in the workplace.  Please contact our office at (205) 382-3872 or wbeckum@beckumkittle.com if you would like to schedule a free consultation.

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