Albertville employees suing for sexual harassment and retaliation
IH Services employees report multiple incidences of sexual comments and unwanted touching
ALBERTVILLE, Ala. (WAFF) - Mueller Co. LLC is facing serious allegations of sexual harassment and retaliation after the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission filed a lawsuit Monday.
The suit was filed against both Mueller Co. LLC and IH Services, a janitorial company that employed custodians at the Mueller plant in Albertville.
At least three women employed by IH Services report being subjected to unwanted sexual touching and sexual comments from the Mueller employees. One woman reports that a Mueller employee even lured her into a dark room and attempted to rape her.
The lawsuit states that when the victims attempted to report the actions to IH Services, the company responded by reducing their hours, suspending or even firing them.
The EEOC said in a release that this conduct violates Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 which prohibits an employer from permitting a hostile work environment based on sex and retaliating against those who complain about unlawful sexual harassment.
WAFF 48 reached out to Mueller for comment. The following is the company’s response.
WAFF 48 also reached out to IH Services, the entity which contracted the three women to clean for Mueller, but they have not responded to our request.
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