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July 14, 2009

Fired employee alleges sexual harassment at RAP-T

A female employee of Richmond Auto Parts Technology filed suit June 25 in Madison Circuit Court alleging that she was wrongfully fired after complaining about sexual harassment from her supervisor.

The Lexington-based manufacturer, which fabricates parts for Honda automobile transmissions, is named as a defendant, along with Stacy Peters, a RAP-T supervisor.

The suit by Deanna Cameron of Garrard County asks for a jury trial and unspecified compensatory damages from the employer and punitive as well as compensatory damages from the supervisor.

Cameron’s suit states she was employed by RAP-T from November 2005 until she was fired in September 2007.

The suit claims that Peters “continuously made unwelcome, abusive and threatening sexual remarks” to her, “unlawfully touched Cameron’s body in inappropriate places and exposed his genitalia” to her.

“On numerous occasions” and “in spite of strong protests by Cameron,” the suit alleges, Peters approached her from behind and while “in a sexually excited state, would press his body against” hers.

Also on numerous occasions, and in spite of her protest, the suit claims Peters used “an Anglo-Saxon vulgar word for intercourse” in asking her to engage in sexual relations.

The suit also claims that Peters asked Cameron to engage in oral sexual relations.

Peters’ actions, the suit alleges, caused the RAP-T factory to be “permeated with unlawful discriminatory behavior” that was “severe and pervasive” enough “to create a hostile workplace environment” that would interfere with a reasonable person’s “ability to perform their assigned work.”

The suit also claims, “Peters repeatedly talked about and/or attempted to engage in sexual relationships with other persons at the RAP-T factory, which was reported to (its) Human Resources Department.”

However, “management failed and refused to either promptly investigate complaints of sexual harassment and/or refused to take prompt corrective action,” the suit alleges.

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