PITTSBURGH – A woman is suing her former employer and an employee at the plant who allegedly hurled continual sexual innuendos at her, which the plaintiff says eventually forced her to quit.
Tracy Swartzendruber filed a lawsuit Feb. 29 in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania against Federal Carbide Company and Russell ``Alan” Sharer, alleging unlawful discrimination and intentional infliction of emotional distress.
Swartzendruber claims she quit her job at Federal Carbide Company on Feb. 26, 2015, after several episodes of alleged sexual harassment by Sharer that the suit says included Sharer putting his groin area right against her hip on or about October 10, 2014, and Sharer allegedly bringing small threaded screws to her desk to count and give him a true count. According to the lawsuit, he then proceeded to say to her: ``Do you think you could screw that many times?”
Swartzendruber is seeking reimbursement for any and all pay she would have received it had not been for Carbide’s alleged illegal actions. She is also seeking back pay, front pay, salary, pay increases, bonuses, pension, punitive damages, costs and expenses of the lawsuit and seniority.
Swartzendruber, who is demanding a jury trial, is being represented by attorneys Timothy A. Kolman, Wayne A. Ely and W. Charles of Kolman Ely P.C. in Penndel.
U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania Case number 3:16-cv-00059-KRG