• In Maryland, the Daily Record reports that "the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has charged in a lawsuit that Northumberland County-based Weis Markets Inc. subjected an employee in Mifflintown to sexual harassment and then discharged her for refusing to cooperate with an unlawful medical examination and disability-related inquiries.
"Filed in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania, the sexual harassment lawsuit states that a supervisor at the grocery store chain’s Mifflintown location in Juniata County made frequent and unwelcome sexual comments to a worker in the workplace and kissed her face without consent on one occasion. The suit also accuses Weis Markets of failing to take responsible corrective action against the accused supervisor after the supervisor acknowledged his conduct.
"Following the filing of the sexual harassment complaint, Weis informed the worker that coworkers were complaining about her, and she needed to participate in the company’s employee assistance program (EAP), according to the EEOC.
"The worker was required by the mandatory EAP referral to undergo a medical examination and inquiries related to disability and must release medical information to Weis, the EEOC charged. The suit said a company official informed the employee that the referral determined whether she would be placed on disability leave. The EEOC stated that when the employee refused, the company suspended her without pay and then terminated her."