Minot paving company settles sex harassment lawsuit

June 5, 2018

MINOT, N.D. (AP) — Federal officials say a North Dakota civil construction company will pay $59,000 to settle a sexual harassment lawsuit.

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission announced the settlement Tuesday with Keller Paving and Landscaping Inc. of Minot.

The EEOC’s lawsuit alleged that the company violated federal law by subjecting a female truck driver to a hostile work environment because of her sex. The suit alleged that work conditions were so intolerable the woman was forced to resign.

According to the lawsuit, several male co-workers sexually harassed the woman. The woman eventually quit her job.

Company president Dean Keller says Keller Paving and Landscaping denies the allegations but settled to void costly legal fees. Keller says the company had not received any complaints before the incident and has not had any since.

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