Law Offices of Allan A. Sigel, P.C.
No Recovery, No Fee. Call Now
Local: 310-597-4786
Toll Free: 800-651-0702
Meeting Our Clients' Diverse Legal Needs for Over 45 Years

Discrimination alleged at California oil refinery

A former worker at an oil refinery in California owned by Shell, a major oil company, has sued her former employers alleging sexual harassment and discrimination based on sex, as well as wrongful termination based on employer retaliation.

The woman says in her lawsuit that she worked in a department that was heavily staffed by men, and management allowed a hostile environment to thrive in that department. The woman said that male employees would make rude remarks about women and would also suggest that women did not really belong in that work environment.

One supervisor allegedly even said that women "do not last long" on the team where this former employee was staffed. In another incident, an anonymous person left a lewd sticker on the woman's desk.

The woman says she reported these matters to the proper authorities within the company, but management did not take steps to correct the situation. The woman's attorney commented that managers frequently ignore or do not adequately address sexual harassment claims.

As for her wrongful termination claim, the woman alleged the company's firing her for "unsatisfactory performance" while she was a new employee on probation was simply an excuse, and the real reason the company fired her was because she complained about harassment. She also states that she insisted on certain safety regulations being followed with respect to a sulfuric acid spill that her supervisor apparently did not report. The woman alleged that the termination came as a surprise since, the previous week, her supervisor had given her a favorable evaluation.

This case illustrates that, even in big companies with large-scale initiatives designed to prevent sexual harassment, it can and often does still occur. Los Angeles victims of sexual harassment have legal options available to them.

Source: The Mercury News, "Shell Oil sued over claim of sexual harassment, discrimination in the East Bay," Annie Sciacca, July 20, 2017

No Comments

Leave a comment
Comment Information

Standing Up For Employees And Consumers In California

Contact us now to schedule a consultation.

No Recovery, No Fee.

Bold labels are required.

Contact Information
disclaimer.

The use of the Internet or this form for communication with the firm or any individual member of the firm does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Confidential or time-sensitive information should not be sent through this form.

close

Privacy Policy

Law Offices of Allan A. Sigel, P.C.

Law Offices of Allan A. Sigel, P.C.
1125 Gayley Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90024

Toll Free: 800-651-0702
Phone: 310-597-4786
Fax: 310-208-7271
Los Angeles Law Office Map

  • AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated | LexisNexis | Martindale-Hubbell | For Ethical Standard and Legal Ability 2010
  • BBB Accredited Business