Lone Star Ambulance Settles EEOC Lawsuit Alleging Sexual Harassment and Retaliation

Lone Star Ambulance, a Texas critical care company, will pay a $90,000 settlement to resolve a lawsuit filed by the EEOC (Equal Employment Opportunity Commission).

According to the EEOC press release, two female employees have repeatedly experienced sexual harassment from supervisory and executive management level employees in the company.

The allegations in the lawsuit include verbal sexual harassment and unsolicited sexual touching. Further, the female employees were forced to have sex as a condition of employment.

The EEOC claimed that one female employee had been compelled to resign since working conditions had become highly intolerable. Another female employee was terminated for rejecting sexual advances and making a complaint regarding sexual harassment.

The Company is in violation of Title VII, which prohibits sexual harassment and reprisal in the workplace.

The five-year consent decree forbids the company from sex-based discrimination, fostering a hostile working environment based on sex, for any employee in the future.

Apart from the monetary relief, the company must take necessary steps to prevent and eradicate sexual harassment by implementing policies against employment discrimination and recruiting a third party to monitor and investigate sexual harassment and reprisal complaints. The decree also requires training on Title VII for all employees annually.

EEOC attorneys indicated their appreciation to the company for recognizing its responsibility and taking steps to prevent such occurrences in the future.

First Response commits itself to help to foster safe workplaces and environments for all companies. Thus, we offer a series of services, including Professional Conduct Training, an employee hotline, workplace investigations, and HR advisors.

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