Seattle City Light Workers are Suing Seattle Claiming Anti-Gay Retaliation

Seattle City Light Workers are Suing Seattle Claiming Anti-Gay Retaliation

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Two Seattle City Light workers, Wanda Davis (employed since 1985) and Edward Richards (employed since 1998) have sued the city of Seattle after being overlooked for promotions. Last week, the pair filed their lawsuit in the King County Superior Court claiming discrimination.

According to the Seattle PI:

Davis, an electrical constructor who started at City Light in 1985, first sued the utility for alleged sexual harassment in 1994.

Davis described nearly a decade of groping, sexual solicitations and name-calling, culminating with an incident after she and a male co-worker had attended an AIDS and hepatitis prevention class. She said the co-worker had rubbed an open cut he had on an open wound Davis had, and said, “Now we are blood brothers,” according to court records.

The co-worker was fired and Davis settled her claims. But she said the case led to a hostile work environment that lasted years, in which co-workers in the utility’s small, mostly male electrical constructor group viewed her with suspicion. She said that led to a demotion, and the denial of promotions and overtime.

Read more of this story here: Seattle PI.

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