Personal Sexual Harassment Spills Over into Retaliation Case at Cascade Foods

According to wire reports, an as of yet unidentified Latina women in her thirties has sued her former employer, Cascade Foods, for retaliation, after she refused to amend a restraining order against a coworker.

According to the lawsuit, which was filed in District Court in Oregon by the U.S Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), Cascade Foods violated Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 by punishing the woman for protesting the workplace harassment of a former boyfriend. The claimant had obtained a police restraining order against the ex-boyfriend, after he allegedly assaulted and threatened her.

As a result of the restraining order, the boyfriend could no longer work at Cascade Foods. Apparently, company higher-ups (for some reason) were desperate to hold on to this worker. They thus urged the female employee to change her hard-won restraining order to allow the boyfriend to continue working at the company. She refused. And then the company fired her.

If these allegations are true, management at the company clearly committed illegal and egregious insults against this woman. The EEOC is seeking a range of remedies, including damages, lost wages, and mandatory company anti-discrimination training.

Unfortunately, when office romances go south, legal and logistical problems often soon follow. If you or a coworker has been subjected to unwanted sexual advances, harassment, or retaliation for making complaints about violations of your workplace rights, turn to the attorneys of Joseph & Kirschenbaum. We can provide resources to help you systematically deal with every aspect of your case, and our experience and track record speak for themselves. Head to www.jhllp.com to find out more about our legal team, or phone (212) 688-5640 right now to discuss your critical matter with our expert lawyers.