One seamstress is working on a different kind of Brooks Brothers suit — a lawsuit.
Herlinda Aroca Pino worked at the Brooks Brother’s necktie factory in Long Island City where she alleges that an assistant plant manager sexually harassed her. As reported in the New York Daily News, Ms. Pino has recently filed a $30 million lawsuit against Brooks Brothers for failure to stop the sexual harassment.
According to Ms. Pino, the assistant plant manager engaged in various actions, including:
Standing by an open women’s locker room door and leering at her
Making comments of a sexual nature while she was working
Repeatedly touching her in an offensive manner
The assistant plant manager has denied the allegations, claiming, "She has something against me." He further claims that the human resources department has cleared him. However, Ms. Pino’s lawsuit alleges that while Brooks Brothers gave him a disciplinary warning in June 2012, his sexual harassment has nevertheless continued and Brooks Brothers has taken no further action to stop it.
Unfortunately, sexual harassment is all too prevalent in today’s workplaces, with more than 10,000 claims of sexual harassment being filed with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and state and local Fair Employment Practices agencies annually.
You do not have to be the victim or target to file a complaint of sexual harassment at work. If inappropriate sexual conduct is affecting you in any way, you should always communicate your awareness and discontent with that behavior.