The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission is suing a company based in Lancaster and York counties, alleging the owner created a sexually hostile work environment that forced a female employee to resign.
The EEOC says that from early 2009 through March 2011, a female employee at TNT Propanes Lancaster facility was sexually harassed by the company owner, who requested sex and inappropriately touched her on many occasions. The owner was not identified in the lawsuit or in a news release issued by the EEOC.
The complaint alleges that the female worker quit her job in March 2011 after the owner called her into an isolated location in the Lancaster facility and groped her. She resigned her employment shortly thereafter.
The EEOC alleges that TNT Propanes owner is also the owner of the three affiliated entities named in the lawsuit: T-N-T of York County Inc., TNT Trucking of the Carolinas Inc., and TM Trucking of the Carolinas LLC. The companies operate as an integrated business enterprise, according to the EEOCs complaint.
A company official, Tony McMillan, declined to comment on the lawsuit Thursday.
The EEOC filed its lawsuit after attempting to reach a settlement, according to the news release. The EEOC is seeking monetary relief, including backpay, compensatory damages and punitive damages, as well as injunctive relief for the employee.
Harassment by an owner is particularly egregious because there is no one more senior in a corporation to address the harassment, Lynette A. Barnes, regional attorney for the EEOCs Charlotte District Office, said in the news release.