A former employee of ERA Helicopters claims she was fired after reporting that male co-workers subjected her to a hostile work environment through sexually suggestive comments and inappropriate touching.

Alanna Taylor Berthelot filed suit against the company on April 26 in Terrebonne Parish District Court. The defendant removed the case to federal court in New Orleans on May 16.

The alleged incident occurred on Jan. 8, 2009.

Berthelot reported the behavior to human resources but was told to "suck it up and move on." After her complaint, Berthelot accuses the defendant of taking adverse employment action, including harassing and terminating her.

The plaintiff is seeking damages for front pay, back pay, loss of benefits, general damages for humiliation, embarrassment, pain and suffering, loss of enjoyment of life, interest, attorney's fees and court costs.

Berthelot is represented by Stephen M. Whitlow and Tori S. Bowling of Keogh, Cox & Wilson in Baton Rouge.

U.S. District Judge Jay C. Zainey is assigned to the case.

Case No. 2:11-cv-01148

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