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Corporation Faces Sex Discrimination Suit in Hawaii

The US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) filed a sex discrimination lawsuit on Tuesday against the high-technology corporation ITT Corp. The commission is suing ITT Corp. on behalf of a woman employed as a firefighter at the Pacific Missile Range Facility on Kauai who claims to be the victim of repeated accounts of sexual harassment. According to Pacific Business News, the female employee dates the harassment back to February 2006, and, according to the commission, began facing retaliatory action in July 2007 after complaining about the mistreatment. The commission states that male employees working at the missile range repeatedly made uninvited and explicitly sexual remarks to the female firefighter, as well as viewed obscene videos in her presence, reports the Associated Press. ITT denied comment on the suit, but EEOC representative Timothy Riera noted the importance of ensuring justice for victims of harassment. According to Pacific Business News Riera said, “No one should have to endure being sexually harassed to earn a paycheck or keep a job.” The suit was filed in the US District Court in Honolulu.

Sources:

Pacific Business News 7/8/10; Associated Press 7/7/10

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