Woman claims she was sexually harassed by female co-worker

Kelly Holleran Apr. 25, 2011, 5:00am

A Beaumont woman has filed suit against her former employer, alleging she was sexually assaulted by a female coworker during her employment.

Angela Jones claims she began working at defendant Nederland Chevrolet in December 2009. Shortly after she began working at the company, Jones learned from other employees that she was the target of various sexual encounters a co-worker, Terry Sonata Comier, sought from her, according to the complaint filed April 7 in Jefferson County District Court.

On May 29, Comier initiated her first sexual encounter with Jones by groping her in the presence of another dealership employee, the suit states. Again, on June 2, Comier approached Jones from behind and groped her, the complaint says.

Following the incidents, management did nothing to stop Comier's behavior, Jones claims. As a result, Jones was forced to leave her job, according to the complaint.

Because she had to terminate her employment, Jones lost earnings, the suit states. In addition, because of Comier's conduct, Jones suffered mental anguish, the complaint says.

Jones blames Nederland Chevrolet for violating the Texas Commission of Human Rights Act.

Jones is seeking actual and punitive damages, plus pre- and post-judgment interest, attorney's fees and costs.

She will be represented by Ryan C. Scott of The Scott Law Firm in Beaumont.

The case has been assigned to Judge Bob Wortham, 58th District Court.

Case No. A189-728

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