Former UPS employee sues company for co-worker's sexual harassment

David Yates Nov. 23, 2010, 8:40am


Former UPS employee Crystal Fielder has filed suit against the parcel service, claiming the company did little to stop a co-worker's continuous sexual advances.

Fielder filed the suit Nov. 22 in Jefferson County District Court. Her former co-worker, Joe Watts, is also named as a defendant in the suit.

In her suit, Fielder says she worked at the UPS on Washington Boulevard, where she "was continuously subjected to sexual harassment by Watts."

"On a day-to-day basis Watts would make sexual advances, overtures and derogatory comments," the suit states. "Watts intimidated Fielder for months, telling her there was nothing she could do but give in and have sex with him."

Fielder reported the sexual harassment in March of 2009, but Watts sought union protection and even obtained a promotion over the incident, the suit alleges.

She blames UPS for failing to put an end to the "hostile work environment."

As a result of Watt's comment, Fielder claims she was "constructively discharged," court papers say.

She is suing for lost wages and benefits, plus the mental anguish and emotional distress she endured over the incident.

Beaumont attorney Anthony Malley III of Moore Landrey represents her.

Judge Milton Shuffield's 136th District Court, has been assigned to the case.

Case No. D188-859

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