Carol Ostrow Feb. 26, 2015, 2:30pm


An Arkansas man has sued his employer, alleging violation of his civil rights due to sexual harassment.

Michael Reid of Garfield, Ark., filed a lawsuit Feb. 13 in the Houston Division of the Southern District of Texas against Oil States Energy Services of Houston, alleging sex discrimination and subsequent retaliation for complaining.

According to the complaint, Reid was hired April 2012 as an ''operator in pressure control” in Williston, N.D. In June 2012, two field workers began to sexually harass him, the suit states, allegedly making lewd comments and gestures. Reid reported the incidents to his immediate supervisor and the company’s vice president of human resources, according to the suit, and he was placed on administrative leave in July 2012 while the company conducted an investigation.

Reid returned to work Nov. 19, 2012, and subsequently received a threatening note, the suit states and after Reid reported this, the defendant terminated him Jan. 10, 2013.

Reid alleges unwelcome harassment and seeks: compensatory and/or punitive damages for distress; front and back pay and benefits; attorney and witness fees; and court costs. He is represented by attorneys Daryl Sinkule and Todd Slobin of Shellist Lazaraz Slobin in Houston.

Houston Division of the Southern District of Texas case number: 4:15-CV-00421.  

 

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