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Woman in Mitsubishi Lawsuit Reports Death Threat

April 26, 1996

PEORIA, Ill. (AP) _ A woman suing Mitsubishi for sexual harassment has gotten ominous telephone calls and a written death threat warning ``You’ll be sorry!″ her attorney said Friday.

Attorney Patricia Benassi said a note reading ``Die, bitch! You’ll be sorry!″ was placed in the locker of Terry Paz.

Paz has received two threatening phone calls, including one Monday night after a pro-Mitsubishi rally in Chicago, Benassi said. The next morning, she found the note in her locker at work.

Paz is one of 29 woman suing Mitsubishi Motor Manufacturing of America for sexual harassment. About half the women still work at the factory in Normal.

The Normal-based company also faces a federal class-action lawsuit alleging the company has permitted sexual harassment of hundreds of women.

Lt. Mark Kotte, of Normal, said police have not identified a suspect in the Paz case.

Benassi says some of her other clients have gotten harassing telephone calls. She accused the company of creating a frenzy over the dispute and said Mitsubishi should offer protection to her clients.

Mitsubishi spokesman Gary Shultz said the company is investigating and will work with Paz to make her feel safe at work.

``We want to make her comfortable. We wouldn’t allow this toward any employee,″ he said.