EEOC sues Louisiana companies over worker's alleged sexual harassment

Michelle Massey Oct. 12, 2010, 9:00am

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission is suing several Louisiana companies, alleging they allowed an employee to be subjected to sexual harassment then fired her once she complained.

Brand Energy & Infrastructure Services Inc., Brand Services, Brand Energy Solutions and Brand Scaffold Services were sued on Sept. 28 in federal court in New Orleans.

According to the lawsuit, Jauronice Hayes and other unnamed employees were subjected to sexual harassment by their supervisor since at least September 2007. Hayes opposed and complained about the harassment, the suit states. When she complained and refused to accede to demands for sexual favors, the supervisor fired her, the suit claims.

The EEOC is asking the court to issue a permanent injunction preventing the defendant from engaging in other acts of sexual harassment and retaliation.

It is seeking damages for back pay with interest, past pecuniary losses, past nonpecuniary losses for emotional pain, suffering, humiliation, loss of enjoyment of life, inconvenience and punitive damages.

Counsel P. David Lopez, James L. Lee, Gwendolyn Young Reams and Jim Sacher are representing the EEOC.

Gregory T. Juge and Tanya L. Goldman are also representing the EEOC.

A jury trial is requested.

U.S. District Judge Sarah S. Vance is assigned to the case.

Case No. 2:10cv03306

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