USA: Judge denies class action status for female Ford workers' sexual harassment case as allegations are not similar enough

Author: Jake Wittich, Chicago Sun Times, Published on: 27 August 2019

"Female Ford workers lose bid to certify class in sexual harassment case", 23 August 2019

A federal judge has denied class-action status for a group of women who have sued Ford Motor Company, alleging rampant sexual misconduct at the auto giant’s two Chicago plants...

...Judge Robert Dow’s ruling...marks a loss for the 30-plus women, claiming their male coworkers and supervisors subjected them to sexual harassment, discrimination and threats of retaliation if they reported the inappropriate behavior.

Dow shot down their bid for class-action status, writing that the women could instead sue as individuals because they weren’t “exposed to the same conduct.”...

 

...“They flexed their power, threatened my career and suggested if I wanted to continue to provide for my family, I had to engage in sexual acts or favors,” Miyoshi Morris told aldermen of her 18 years at Ford.

A Ford spokesperson said...that the company “does not tolerate sexual harassment or discrimination” and that it will “take those claims very seriously and investigate them thoroughly.”...

...The Ford spokesperson said the company has a “comprehensive approach” in place to prevent and address sexual harassment and discrimination....

 

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Related companies: Ford