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Ex-security guard sues Stiefel Aluminum in Dade City

DADE CITY — A former security guard has sued an aluminum company and the owner of the Dade City Business Center, claiming she was fired after complaining about a worker who sexually harassed her.

Wanda J. Carter worked as a security guard from September to May at Stiefel Aluminum, a tenant at the business center on U.S. 301. According to the lawsuit she filed on May 18, an employee there would "moon" people, expose himself and perform simulated sex acts at work.

The lawsuit identifies that worker only by the nickname "Hillbilly."

Carter complained around May 1 to Stiefel owner Jack Stiefel, according to the lawsuit, who said "if she were a man this wouldn't be a problem."

Stiefel told the Times: "I don't have any comment and we are not aware of a lawsuit."

The lawsuit, which seeks unspecified damages, also says Carter complained to others, including a supervisor at JDR Properties of Pasco, which owns the business center.

Hutch Brock, attorney for JDR Properties, said Carter never complained to the business center about such a matter.

"We were unaware of these problems until she made the complaint to EEOC," Brock said. "We categorically deny that she was voicing any objections or complaints to us about any type of harassment."

Carter filed a charge of discrimination with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission after she was terminated last month.

The lawsuit says she was dismissed because of her complaints, but Brock said Carter was let go because she refused to take on more work hours that were offered to her. She was replaced with a full-time employee.

Ronald W. Fraley, Carter's attorney, said he did not have Hillbilly's real name. But he said it was his understanding that employee was recently fired.

"Apparently they are trying to clean up now," Fraley said.

Ex-security guard sues Stiefel Aluminum in Dade City 06/16/11 [Last modified: Thursday, June 16, 2011 8:23pm]
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