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Pharmaceutical company faces workplace discrimination complaint

In a case outside Massachusetts, a female employee argues that she was not given the same treatment as her male co-worker. She claims that after it was discovered she was in a relationship with a co-worker, she lost her job, but he did not. The woman is accusing her former employer of workplace discrimination based on her gender. She has sued the company in a federal court to try to seek justice.

According to the complaint, the woman started working for the company in 2002 and remained in her position until she found a better opportunity in 2011 and quit voluntarily. Two years later, she returned to work for the company. Soon after her return, she claims that she was subjected to a hostile work environment.

The woman asserts that her supervisor constantly sexually harassed her until she resigned to become involved sexually with him. Eventually the company found out that she was in a relationship with her supervisor and fired her. However, the plaintiff contends that her supervisor was able to keep his job.

After her dismissal, the plaintiff filed a complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and was told she could go forward filing a claim. She is suing the company for violating the Pennsylvania Human Relations Act, wrongful termination and workplace discrimination. If she is successful in her claim, she will be awarded the monetary damages she is seeking. It is illegal for employers in Massachusetts and elsewhere to base dismissals on any status that is protected. It is the right of any worker to retain the services of a legal representative to assess the allegations and determine whether a viable claim exists.

Source:, "Female worker accuses West Pharmaceutical Services of gender discrimination", Annie Hunt, Feb. 26, 2016

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