Woman "Mints" Sexual Harassment Charge

August 13, 2003 (PLANSPONSOR.com) - A female employee of the Denver mint has slapped the US Treasury with a suit alleging sexual harassment.

The sexual harassment charge comes in addition to allegations the female employee made of sexual discrimination at the mint, the second such charge this month. Earlier, a former female employee filed suit claiming she was subjected to repeated sexual and racial harassment from male co-workers and supervisors, according to an Associated Press report.

Also common between the two suits is a claim by each of the two female employees that their supervisor, Louis Woodward, perpetuated the harassment. Woodward though was not named as a defendant in either suit.

The Denver mint is no stranger to sexual harassment claims. In June, 32 of the mint’s 107 female employees signed a formal complaint saying supervisors demanded sex in exchange for favorable treatment and that managers responded to their concerns by assigning an in-house detective to interrogate the women. After learning of the complaint, US Mint administrators visited the Denver plant, spoke with employees and made a number of policy changes but did not admit any harassment or discrimination took place.