Female worker sues employer after sex offender is hired

Michelle Keahey, East Texas Bureau May 28, 2012, 6:00am

A Dallas company is being sued for allowing a hostile work environment after the company hired a registered sex offender who allegedly sexually harassed another employee.

Chelisa Dennis filed suit against Performance Contractors Inc. on May 21 in the Eastern District of Texas, Beaumont Division.

According to the suit, Dennis states that Performance Contractors hired a person, a registered sex offender, who sexually harassed her.

She states that there were complaints of harassment and hostile work environment caused by this person before she was employed by the defendant.

The defendant is accused of allowing or permitting a hostile work environment against Dennis on the basis of her sex.

The plaintiff is asking the court for an award of damages for lost wages and benefits up to the time of trial, reinstatement or front pay, pecuniary losses, and punitive damages.

Dennis is represented by Orange attorney Cindy Mclendon and E. Hart Green of Weller, Green, Toups & Terrell in Beaumont. A jury trial is requested.

U.S. District Judge Marcia A. Crone is assigned to the case.

Case No. 1:12-cv-00248

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