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Female Worker Sues for Harassment--Claims Boss Hit Her With Live Cockroach, Made Her Crawl Like Dog

January 13, 2011

In a news story published today that our Irvine employment attorneys have been following, a female Aviation Laboratories employee filed a discrimination lawsuit, alleging that her supervisor subjected her to sexual harassment.

According to the Louisiana Record, Christina Jenkins was a data entry clerk who began her job in February of 2007 and was terminated in June of 2010. Jenkins filed the complaint last week in federal court, accusing her on-site supervisor of subjecting her to sexual harassment in the workplace, by making her crawl on her hands and knees and act like a dog, and bark in order to be granted permission to attend an event for her child. Jenkins also accuses her supervisor of throwing a live cockroach at her, and frequently calling her into his office where he would have pornography on his computer screen in full view. In another instance the supervisor allegedly threw liquid nitrogen under the ladies' bathroom door when she was inside.

Jenkins also claimed that this kind of abusive behavior and harassment was conducted in front of other employees and third-parties. After reporting the behavior, the supervisor reportedly began to increase the harassment. According to Jenkins, other female employees were also being harassed at the same time. Jenkins claims that she was constructively discharged as a result of the abusive treatment.

As our Santa Ana employment lawyers have reported in a related blog, sexual harassment in the workplace is a form of discrimination based on gender that is in direct violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Under the Act, it is illegal to discriminate against employees based on sex, and against the law to retaliate against a worker who files a complaint about discrimination in the workplace.

According to the lawsuit, Jenkins is asking the court for liquidated damages, damages for emotional and punitive damages, attorney fees and court costs. Jenkins is also reportedly asking for unpaid overtime compensation, after she allegedly worked overtime during her first month of employment and was not compensated for her hours.

In Orange County, California, Howard Law, PC represents employees who have been sexually harassed and are seeking recovery. Contact us today for a free consultation to discuss your employment rights.

Supervisor Allegedly Threw Live Cockroach on Employee, Suit Claims, The Louisiana Record, January 13, 2011

Related Web Resources:

U.S. Department of Labor: Wage and Hour Division (WHD), Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA)

U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, EEOC: Sexual Harassment

Facts About Sexual Harassment, EEOC