Federal Agency Says Jay Medicar Allowed Harassment of Female Employees
CHICAGO – The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) filed a class lawsuit here today charging that Jay Medicar Transportation tolerated the sexual harassment of a number of female employees by one of its senior managers and retaliated against one employee after she complained about the harassment. The company provides medical transportation services in the Chicago area.
John Rowe, EEOC district director in Chicago, said that the EEOC’s administrative investigation which he directed revealed that a top manager at the company allegedly frequently made comments of a sexual nature to subordinate female employees and on at least one occasion demanded sexual favors from an employee in exchange for a pay raise.
“Several people complained to the company’s management repeatedly,” Rowe said of the investigation. “These complaints were allegedly ignored, and one female employee who complained appears to have been fired shortly after the company learned that she had filed a charge with the EEOC.”
The EEOC’s lawsuit was brought under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which prohibits sex discrimination (including sexual harassment) as well as retaliation, in employment. The EEOC filed suit after first attempting to reach a voluntary settlement through its statutory conciliation process. The case, EEOC v. Jay Medicar Transportation, LLC, a/k/a Jay Transportation, f/k/a Jay Medi-Car, Inc, Civil Action No. 10 cv 01477, was filed today in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, Eastern Division, and has been assigned to U.S. District Judge William J. Hibbler and U.S. Magistrate Judge Geraldine Soat Brown. EEOC Trial Attorney Justin Mulaire and Supervisory Trial Attorney Gregory Gochanour will litigate the case on behalf of the government.
The EEOC regional attorney in Chicago, John Hendrickson, said, “Unfortunately, even in times of economic stress, some employers continue to penalize themselves through harassment and retaliation. Both may well involve exposure to awards of damages, loss of good will, significant attorneys’ fees, and other litigation costs—not to mention major distractions from the conduct of business itself. From our perspective at the EEOC, it would seem that, in a competitive business environment in tough times, compliance with federal law is surely a better investment.”
The EEOC’s Chicago District Office is responsible for processing charges of discrimination, administrative enforcement, and the conduct of agency litigation in Illinois, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa, and North and South Dakota, with Area Offices in Milwaukee and Minneapolis.
The EEOC is responsible for enforcing federal laws against employment discrimination. Further information is available at www.eeoc.gov.