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Staffing firm settles harassment suit

| Friday, June 4, 2010

Staffing agency Adecco USA agreed to pay $12,000 to settle a sexual harassment and retaliation lawsuit brought by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission in Pittsburgh.

Adecco placed four women at Pittsburgh Plastics Manufacturing Inc. in Butler, where supervisor Eric Velasquez is accused of sexually harassing them in 2007 and 2008 by touching and making offensive remarks, the commission said. Adecco continued to assign the women to work under that supervisor, even after the women complained. One woman was fired and another forced to quit.

Adecco spokesman Anthony Guerrieri could not be reached for comment. Pittsburgh Plastics settled a lawsuit in March, agreeing to pay $79,500, split among the four women. The two businesses denied any wrongdoing, according to the settlement filed in federal court in Pittsburgh.

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