Arizona based Pinetop-Lakeside Sanitary District (PLSD) will furnish monetary and other relief to settle charges of sexual harassment and retaliation which were filed with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). The EEOC had concluded in its investigation that employees Melissa Kenchiova and Susanne Royce were subjected to sexual harassment by former supervisor Alfonso Martinez. PLSD later retaliated against Kenchiova and Royce for complaining about it. PLSD denied the allegations, any wrongdoing, retaliation, or any violation of applicable law, but agreed to resolve the matter with the EEOC through the agency’s conciliation process in order to avoid the significant cost of litigation. Full article.
Sexual harassment is a form of sex discrimination that violates Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature constitutes sexual harassment when submission to or rejection of this conduct explicitly or implicitly affects an individual’s employment, unreasonably interferes with an individual’s work performance or creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive work environment. When investigating allegations of sexual harassment, EEOC looks at the whole record: the circumstances, such as the nature of the sexual advances, and the context in which the alleged incidents occurred. A determination on the allegations is made from the facts on a case-by-case basis. For more information: EEOC Website.
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