Fred Meyer employees sue over customer's alleged groping

Fred Meyer employees sue over customer's alleged groping

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Fred Meyer employees sue over customer's alleged groping

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by David Krough

KREM.com

Posted on July 13, 2011 at 8:51 PM

PORTLAND -- Fred Meyer Stores are being sued by employees who said a customer was sexually harassing them and the store did nothing to stop it.

The plantiffs allege a man who visited the store almost daily since 2007 would "sit by the employee time clock in order to pull women onto his lap as they walked past to punch in. He would also rub up against female workers, giving unwanted hugs and groping their bodies."

The lawsuit claims managers told them nothing could be done unless a manager or loss prevention personnel directly witnessed the harassment.

"I reported this problem time and time again and they didn’t do anything to protect me,” plaintiff Laura Morrow said.

Fred Meyer spokesperson Melinda Merrill said the company's labor relations department was reviewing the case.

The suit seeks an undetermined amount in monetary damages, training on anti-discrimination laws and posting of notices at the worksite to prevent sexual harassment.

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