In what is being called a “landmark” Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) case, employer CRST Van Expedited, Inc. will pay truck driver Monika Starke $50,000. In 2005, Starke of Azle, Texas, allegedly fell victim to sexual harassment from a fellow driver who made several sexual advances toward her. CRST and CEO David Rusch initially denied the claims and continues to do so.
The Cedar Rapids-based CRST agreed to the settlement with Starke in order to avoid the cost of bringing the case to trial. Rusch insists that his company would have won in trial, however, the financial stress was not in the best interest of the company.
Still, Rusch has said that sexual harassment did happen at CRST. While the company had procedures to deal with such harassment, it is clear that somewhere somebody went wrong.
Every report of sexual harassment in the workplace should be handled with great care and attention, as it is no light matter. Sexual harassment can come in all forms, whether it be verbal or physical. Know your rights and defend them and yourself. While all cases may not require legal action, they do all require some sort of action.