Press Release 05-13-2021

Pinnacle Logistics to Pay $45,000 to Settle EEOC Sexual Harassment Charge

Allentown Trucking and Aviation Services Company Forced Employee to Quit To Escape the Abuse, Federal Agency Charged

PHILADELPHIA — Pinnacle Logistics, a trucking and aviation services company in Allentown, Pa., will pay $45,000 and furnish significant equitable relief to conciliate a sexual harassment charge with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the federal agency announced today.

Following an investigation, the EEOC found reasonable cause to believe that Pinnacle Logistics failed to stop the sex-based harassment of a worker and that the harassment was so intolerable that she was forced to quit.

Sexual harassment violates Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.  

Pinnacle Logistics denied that it engaged in sexual harassment but agreed to a voluntary resolution of the charge to demonstrate its support of Title VII. Pinnacle Logistics will: pay monetary relief to the former employee; revise its anti-discrimination and harassment policies; hire qualified external trainers to conduct comprehensive anti-discrimination training; provide a neutral letter of reference; post a notice regarding the voluntary resolution of the charge; and report to the EEOC on how it handles any future complaints of discrimination, harassment and retaliation and its compliance with the voluntary settlement.

“We commend Pinnacle Logistics for resolving this matter voluntarily and amicably during our conciliation process,” said Jamie R. Williamson, director of the EEOC's Philadelphia District. “We encourage all employers to be proactive and ensure that their workplaces are free from unlawful harassment.”

The EEOC’s Philadelphia District Office is one of four offices in the Philadelphia District, which has jurisdiction over Pennsylvania, Maryland, Delaware, West Virginia, and parts of New Jersey and Ohio. Attorneys in the Philadelphia District Office also prosecute discrimination cases in Washington, D.C., and parts of Virginia.

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