Injection molder Pilot Plastics Inc. will pay $52,500 to settle a former employee's charge of sex discrimination and retaliation.
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), which investigated the charge, announced the agreement June 21. The commission's Cleveland field office will monitor compliance with the voluntary settlement.
The EEOC said it found reasonable cause to believe the company based in Peninsula, Ohio, discriminated against the former employee because of his sex. The discrimination included harassment such as inappropriate comments and "touching by a company official." After the employee complained to management, he was subjected to continued harassment in retaliation, the commission said in a news release.
Earlier this year, Pilot Plastics' assets were sold to Preformed Line Products Co., a Mayfield, Ohio, injection molder of components for the energy and communications industries. Those assets included Pilot's plant in Peninsula and 34 presses.
The companies had worked together on projects for many years before the purchase. Pilot's products include parts for residential riding and push lawn mowers, charging stations for electric vehicles, 5G broadband cable organizers and utility buckets.