SYRACUSE, N.Y. — A judge ordered Landis Plastics Inc. to reinstate two employees fired for alleged sexual harassment.
Judge Rosemary Pooler of the U.S. District Court in Syracuse decided Kathy Saumier and Clara Sullivan were fired because of their pro-union activities and not because they allegedly sexually harassed an employee at Landis' Solvay, N.Y., injection molding plant. Pooler said Landis must take the employees back within 20 days of her March 3 ruling.
Pooler also issued an injunction preventing Landis from unfair labor practices against workers hoping to join the United Steelworkers union. Louis Thomas, USW director for the northeast region, said his union will resume its drive to represent Landis' Solvay workers now that the court has barred interference. In a telephone interview he did not speculate on when USW will hold a vote among workers there.
Landis officials did not respond to requests for an interview as of press time.