At a warehouse shipping phones for Verizon, women say sexual harassment was common

Thursday May 3, 2018
By Mike Snider, USA TODAY

Verizon is investigating complaints of sexual harassment filed by eight women against a Memphis firm it contracts with for shipping of cellphones.

Eight current and former female employees at XPO Logistics filed complaints with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) in April saying they were aggressively groped, faced unwanted sexual advances, lewd comments and retaliation for reporting harassment to their human resources department.

Under a contract with Verizon, XPO Logistics receives and distributes the wireless provider’s cellphones at the Memphis work site. About 900 employees work at the XPO Logistics facility in Memphis.

One of the women employees alleging harassment, Debra Perry, says in her complaint a male supervisor had “touched her inappropriately on several occasions, such as touching her side or rubbing her arm. … In March 2018, he came over to give her a peppermint, dropped it into her hand, then reached down and grabbed her left breast. It happened so quickly that Ms. Perry didn’t know how to react.”

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