US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission Files Suit Against North Dakota Company
The US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has filed a lawsuit against a company based in North Dakota due to discrimination against a homosexual male.
In a press release issued by the EEOC on Thursday, they say a male working for Rocky Mountain Casing Company in Williston harassed one of their male workers due to his sexual orientation.
Interestingly, as WDAY points out, North Dakota does not allow discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin, or mental or physical disabilities. However, discrimination against individuals due to sexual orientation is technically not illegal in North Dakota.
There have been past instances to try and add sexual orientation to the list but none of the bills have passed.
However, in the press release issued by the EEOC they say that they have "concluded that harassment and other discrimination because of sexual orientation is a form of prohibited sex discrimination."
According to the suit which was filed in U.S. District Court for the District of North Dakota on Thursday, the EEOC alleges that Rocky Mountain Casing Company called the employee homophobic slurs, defaced company property with sex-based remarks about him, and left inappropriate pornographic magazines for the employee.
This is the first ever case of the EEOC suing a company in North Dakota.
[WDAY | EEOC]