Posted On: October 25, 2009 by Peter M. LaSorsa

Staffing Firms Adecco Sued For Sexual Harassment

Adecco a staffing firm was sued by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission ("EEOC")after it failed to take appropriate action when female employees complained about sexual harassment at a client site. According to the lawsuit another employee was compelled to quit because of ongoing sexual harassment. Adecco continued to assign women to the plant despite the sexually hostile work environment, according to the lawsuit.

The EEOC reported that Adecco assigned Veronica Jalpa and other women to Pittsburgh Plastics Manufacturing Inc. in Butler, Pennsylvania, and that a Pittsburgh Plastics supervisor sexually harassed them through sexual comments and touching. The EEOC said Jalpa asked for a different shift to avoid the supervisor but was fired by Adecco.

“Adecco has fully cooperated with the EEOC and we are disappointed that it has decided to take this course of action given the information that was made available to the agency,” Adecco wrote.

I see many cases on sexual harassment and hostile work environments in temporary agencies especially in the Chicago area. It is very important to get an employment lawyer involved early in the process to better protect your rights. Because of the nature of temporary agencies, many times the chain of supervision is not as good as it should be and the protections aren't in place to protect employees for sexual harassment by third parties. My office can help secure your rights in the Chicago area or elsewhere in Illinois.

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