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Offshore company under fire in sexual harassment suit

A former employee on an offshore oil rig has filed a lawsuit against her past employer for retaliatory firing, sexual harassment and gender discrimination.

Tamneshia Adams named Sodexo Remote Sites Partnership, Randall Cullen and their insurer in the lawsuit, which seeks $50,000 or more for defamation, infliction of emotional distress, mental anguish, loss of wages and attorney’s fees, according to the Louisiana Record. Adams alleges that her supervisor, Cullen, subjected her to continued verbal harassment while working as a cook on one of Royal Dutch Shell’s offshore platforms in the Gulf of Mexico.

According to the suit, Cullen persistently claimed that Adams was engaging in sexual activities with other coworkers on board the platform, even going so far as to say that he witnessed her with another (married) Sodexo supervisor. Adams filed informal and formal complaints with his superiors, as did the implicated supervisor, but she asserts that no action was taken against Cullen.

When these incidents continued and after no results from continued complaints with higher-ups, Adams lodged a formal complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) on September 22, 2014. On September 24, just days later, Adams was written up for poor performance and immediately fired, which she believes was retaliation for reaching out to the EEOC.

In related news, Exxon Mobil updates anti-discrimination employment policy.

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