Houston woman's complaints about sexual harassment yielded 'involuntary' termination, lawsuit alleges

John Suayan, Galveston Bureau Jul. 8, 2013, 11:07am

HOUSTON - A Houston woman is suing Allegiance Crane & Equipment LLC for allegedly creating a hostile work environment prior to firing her.

Leda Randall-Scott filed a lawsuit against her former employer in Houston federal court on July 2, claiming she experienced sexual harassment to which the defendant failed to respond.

She worked for Allegiance as a Texas Department of Transportation Compliance Officer at the time of the events that are the focus of the litigation.

Randall-Scott asserts that the company's general manager made degrading comments toward her while a co-worker purportedly exposed himself to her.

The plaintiff adds her superiors told her sexual jokes despite her multiple pleas for them to stop.

"An atmosphere of offensive sexual language was prevalent among the senior male employees at the office even though the females complained," according to the original petition.

It further shows that Randall-Scott complained to the human resources department about the supposed misconduct though "nothing has changed."

Allegiance terminated her on Aug. 29, 2011.

Randall-Scott says the dismissal was "involuntary."

A jury trial is requested.

Attorney Philip J. Orth III of The Linebaugh Law Firm P.C. in Baytown is representing the plaintiff.

Case No. 4:13-CV-1934

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