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T.R. Orr Inc.

Kingman, AZ: (May-08-07) A lawsuit brought by the US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission against T.R. Orr Inc., a Kingman construction company, alleged that the company was guilty of same-sex sexual harassment as it subjected a male construction worker to repeated physical sexual harassment by a co-worker at an Orr construction site. The suit claimed that the co-worker had harassed other employees and subcontractors at other Orr construction sites as well. The EEOC claimed that the company was negligent as it failed to take any action, though it was aware of the co-workers behavior. Such harassment violates Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The EEOC filed suit after first attempting to reach a voluntary settlement. In a final settlement reached, T.R. Orr Inc. agreed to pay $60,000 to the victimized man as well as provide training and other relief to educate employees about sexual harassment and their rights under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. In order to prevent discrimination in the future, the company also will review and revise its policy and procedures for reporting harassment; take complaints about unlawful conduct seriously; investigate complaints promptly; and assure that there will be no retaliation against employees who complain. [AZ CENTRAL: SAME GENDER HARASSMENT]

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Published on May-9-07


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