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Construction company agrees to pay $230K to settle EEOC lawsuit

A Rochester, N.Y-based construction company that provides services to the U.S. Army at Aberdeen Proving Ground has agreed to pay $230,000 and provide other remedial relief to settle a gender-based abuse and retaliation lawsuit filed by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the federal agency said Wednesday.

The suit was filed against Bell BCI LLC and Bell Co. LLC, both doing business as “The Bell Company.”

The suit alleged that Elaine Cusato, a skilled equipment operator, was subjected to a sexually hostile work environment by her supervisor. However, male workers were not subjected to the same treatment, according to the EEOC.

Further, the EEOC charged that when Timothy Shultz, a mechanical foreman, refused to fire Cusato solely because she was considered a “troublemaker” for complaining about the sex discrimination, both were fired in retaliation.

In agreeing to the monetary settlement and other remedial measures, the company did not acknowledge that it violated any anti-discrimination laws.