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EEOC Asserts National Origin, Sexual Harassment and Retaliation Claims

The EEOC filed a suit on behalf of Rena Flores, who worked as a secretary at the Oakdale Collision Center. The manager of the store allegedly made comments to Flores and other Mexican employees stating that they were "smelly," "greasy," and "wetbacks."

The manager also reportedly made sexually inappropriate comments such as "women should clean the bathrooms, not men," and "women belong barefoot and pregnant."

When Flores complained to higher level managers about this manager's behavior, the company allegedly retaliated against her by terminating her employment. Such a retaliatory action is prohibited by the various human rights laws.

EEOC Regional Attorney William R. Tamayo noted, "All workers have a federally protected right to a workplace free from unlawful discrimination. In addition, workers have the right to report discrimination without fear of reprisal."

The full press release can be found here.

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