Many people are forced to go to work each day with feelings of nervousness because they know the type of day they likely have ahead of them. People in Florida and across the country may be shocked to hear the allegations being made by a group of 33 women who worked or still work at Ford plants in another state. These women claim that they were all victims of sexual harassment.
The women involved in the lawsuit worked for the company between 2012 and the present. They allege that they had to deal with the horrors of attempted rape, as well as being touched inappropriately. Men at the plant purportedly also showed the women their genitals or pictures of them.
Recently, several managers were reportedly fired from the plant, which raised some questions. A spokesperson for Ford said that the managers are moved according to the needs of the company. One of the men accused of the sexual harassment was put on suspension while the situation was investigated, but he was later back at work.
According to the complaint, the company was aware of what was going on because it was happening out in the open and was noticed by workers and management. After an investigation, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission determined that the women at Ford were dealing with discrimination and sexual harassment. The company stated it has a firm stance against this type of behavior and policies are in place so that it does not happen. Similarly situated Florida workers can turn to the legal system to prevent this conduct from continuing in the future and to seek monetary compensation for what they were forced to endure.
Source: myfoxchicago.com, "More than 30 women sue Ford over sexual harassment at Chicago-area plants", May 6, 2015