Security Guard Files Sexual Discrimination Lawsuit Against Energy Northwest
A former Energy Northwest security guard has filed a sexual discrimination lawsuit against the nuclear power plant, located in Richland, Washington.
Susan Howell claims she was discriminated against on account of being a woman. According to the complaint, Howell’s coworkers would pull her hair, give her bear hugs, and refer to her as “bitch” or “idiot.” Howell was also not allowed to take bathroom breaks and was barred from retaking a weapons exam despite the fact that her male coworkers were given multiple chances.
The complaint further alleges that Howell’s managers witnessed the hostile work environment but did nothing to stop it. Howell is suing for wrongful termination and the case has moved to trial.
Title VII of the Civil Rights Act provides that it is unlawful for any employer or organization to discriminate against employees in any way on account of an employee’s race, color, religion, sex, or national origin. The Act further prohibits employers from retaliating against employees for reporting such unlawful conduct. Likewise, California’s Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA) prohibits harassment or discrimination in employment because of sex.
If you have faced discrimination at your place of employment, contact Khorrami, LLP for a confidential consultation.