EEOC Settles Suit Against Roberts Truck Center

October 3, 2011 ( - Several companies doing business as Roberts Truck Centers have agreed to settle a class action sex discrimination and retaliation lawsuit filed by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) for $300,000.

The EEOC’s lawsuit charged that Larry Leyva, then a co-worker of Katherine Abernathy, subjected Abernathy and a class of three other women to sexual harassment. The EEOC also alleged that Abernathy suffered retaliation for complaining about the harassment and was fired due to the retaliation and/or because of her sex, female.

In addition to monetary relief for Abernathy and the three class members, the decree provides for other important relief, including an injunction prohibiting further sex discriminatory or retaliatory practices; institution of policies and procedures to address sexual harassment and retaliation; institution of training for employees, manager and human resource officials regarding sex discrimination and retaliation; and an oral apology from involved managers who failed to address the co-workers’ harassment of the women.