Chevron employee claims she was fired for not dating supervisor

Michelle Keahey Jun. 2, 2011, 6:00am

An employee of Chevron's Oakpoint location has filed lawsuit claiming she was subjected to gender discrimination and ultimately, terminated for refusing to date her supervisor.

Claiming violation of her civil rights, Stephanie McLendon filed suit against Chevron Oronite Company on May 25 in federal court in New Orleans.

According to the complaint, McLendon was hired by the defendant in December 2008 and although she was never written up, she was terminated in September 2009.

McLendon states her immediate supervisor created a gender hostile work environment by continuously making inappropriate comments and asking McLendon to date him. Due to the alleged gender harassment, McLendon complained about her supervisor's behavior in April 2009.

Although she was never written up, McLendon was told she was not "fit for the position" and she was terminated.

The defendant is accused of violating McLendon's civil rights by subjecting her to harassment based on her sex and by retaliating against McLendon after she complained of the behavior.

McLendon is asking the Court to issue an injunction preventing the defendant from further gender discrimination and for an award of back pay, reinstatement or front pay, costs for racial discrimination and retaliation, damages for pain and suffering, emotional distress, mental anguish, loss of reputation, embarrassment, humiliation, punitive damages, attorney's fees and interest.

The plaintiff is represented by New Orleans attorneys James L. Arruebarrena and Rachel Martin-Deckelmann. A jury trial is requested

U.S. District Judge Ivan L. R. Lemelle is assigned to the case.

Case No. 2:11-cv-01239

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