A military manufacturer and contracting company are being sued by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission for allegedly ignoring allegations of sexual assault by personnel aboard Coast Guard vessels in Mississippi, a reported a media.
Huntington Ingalls Industries and NSC Technologies are both accused of ignoring calls for help from women on a cleaning crew who claimed that a supervisor of a Coast Guard vessel in Mississippi assaulted them and forced one of them to have sex, the Sun Herald reported.
The EEOC lawsuit was filed in U.S. District Court in Alabama and accuses the two companies of violating the Civil Rights Act of 1964 which prohibits sexual harassment in the workplace or retaliation against those who report it. According to court documents, the two companies were notified of the lawsuit in May 2021.
Huntington Ingalls Industries is the largest military shipbuilding company in the country and NSC Technologies is a personnel contracting company. Both are based in Virginia. The women in the lawsuit worked for NSC on the Coast Guard ship at Ingalls Shipbuilding in Pascagoula, Mississippi. According to local media, they accused a supervisor in Huntington Ingalls of assaulting and harassing them for several months.
The lawsuit does not say how many women were harassed, but details the specific cases of two women and other members of a Coast Guard ship’s cleaning crew in Ingalls.
The EEOC is asking the U.S. District Court judge to order companies and their employees to end sexual harassment and retaliation, and to begin training programs that will prevent further abuse.
The federal agency also called on the court to punish the companies for “malicious and reckless conduct”, back wages and compensation for the financial losses and emotional suffering of women.
According to the lawsuit, the supervisor repeatedly harassed and sexually abused the women from September 2017 to May 2018 by fiddling with them, making vulgar comments and masturbating in front of them. He forced a woman to have sex with him on a ship in November 2017 by threatening his job, court documents show.
The immediate supervisor of women at the NSC was “well aware” of the harassment, according to the lawsuit. The NSC supervisor reported the complaints to an NSC branch manager who took no action and later said his concern was to keep the company’s contract with Huntington Ingalls, according to the lawsuit.
In April 2018, a second woman was fired after she refused to have sex with Huntington Ingalls’ supervisor. The woman then reported the harassment and dismissal to an NSC recruiter.
“(The recruiter) admitted that she knew that other employees had filed similar complaints but that there was nothing she could do and stressed that (the woman) should not do anything that would cause NSC to lose her contract with HI “, says the trial. .
The supervisor accused of harassment threatened a woman, saying she would lose her life if he lost her job after she and several others called the Huntington Ingalls hotline in April 2018.
Huntington Ingalls “has given permission (the supervisor) to continue bypassing.” . . employees, which allowed him to continue harassing them and gave him the opportunity to threaten the life (of a woman), ”says the trial.
NSC closed its office in Mobile this week, a branch manager for the company told the Sun Herald. Neither NSC nor Ingalls Shipbuilding responded to the Sun Herald’s requests for comment.