Michelle Keahey, East Texas Bureau Dec. 14, 2012, 3:33pm

MARSHALL - A Henderson woman has filed a lawsuit against her former employer that claims she was terminated after a co-worker was fired for her complaints about sexual harassment.

Sarah McRae filed suit against Tervita, doing business as CCS Midstream Services, on Dec. 13 in the Eastern District of Texas, Marshall Division.

McRae was hired by CCS as an accounting clerk in December 2007. She was promoted to Human Resources Coordinator at the Kilgore facility in June 2009.

According to the lawsuit, McRae was subjected to “unwelcome, offensive, and harassing sexual acts and comments” and subjected to quid pro quo and hostile work environment sexual harassment.

She made multiple complaints about the harassment, but initially no action was taken.  In March of 2011, the defendant acted on the complaints and terminated another employee.

Following the termination, the defendant initiated an investigation against McRae and she was terminated in June of 2011 for allegedly misstating the time she worked on her time sheet.

The defendant is accused of sexual harassment and retaliation in violation of McRae’s civil rights.

The plaintiff is asking for an award of damages for lost income, lost benefits, humiliation, embarrassment, emotional distress, mental pain and suffering, damage to her reputation, punitive damages, attorney’s fees and court costs.

McRae is represented by K. Casey Goolsby of Boon, Shaver, Echols, Coleman & Goolsby in Longview. A jury trial is requested.

U.S. District Judge Rodney Gilstrap is assigned to the case.

Case No. 2:12-cv-00796

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