On May 2, 2023, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) filed a lawsuit against Mueller Co. LLC, a Delaware-based manufacturer of fire protection systems and equipment, and IH Services, Inc., a South Carolina-based company which provides staffing and support services to businesses across the eastern United States. The lawsuit alleges that Mueller Co. and IH services subjected female IH Services employees to a hostile work environment based on sex and retaliated against them when they complained.
In the complaint, the EEOC alleges that from May 2018 until August 2020, IH Services assigned female employees to provide cleaning services at Mueller’s Albertville, Alabama fire hydrant manufacturing plant where Mueller’s male employees subjected female IH Services employees to unwanted sexual touching and comments about their bodies and sex lives. Mueller male employees also solicited the female cleaning crew for sex, asked to watch them have sex with their partners, exposed their genitals, and attempted to rape one of the female employees. At least three females complained to IH Services and Mueller managers, but both employers failed to take action to stop the harassment. Instead, IH Services retaliated against them by reducing their hours, transferring them to undesirable shifts, and suspending or firing them.
The EEOC seeks compensatory and punitive damages for the victims and injunctive relief against the companies to prevent unlawful conduct in the future. The case was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Alabama as EEOC v. Mueller Co., LLC and IH Services, Inc., Case No. 4:23-cv-00552-CLM.
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