CASPER, Wyo. (CN) – When a woman finally refused her boss’s repeated demands for “oral sex and sexual intercourse,” she says, he responded by “punching her in the face and head, choking her and throwing her off a rock ledge.” And when she complained of that, she says, she was told “‘not to bring this stuff’ to management’s attention.”
The woman sued her boss, Doug Arcand, and their employer, Wyoming Casing Service, in Federal Court.
The woman, L.C., says she worked as a field hand for Wyoming Casing, and Arcand was its manager at Rock Springs, Wyo.
She says Arcand offered her a promotion in exchange for “sexual favors, including oral sex and sexual intercourse and treated her “favorably at work when she complied with his requests for sexual favors and/or sexual intercourse.”
“Conversely, when plaintiff did not flirt with Arcand or comply with all of his requests he treated her poorly and used his authority over the terms and conditions of her employment to punish, or threaten to punish, plaintiff,” the complaint states.
L.C. says that “On August 13, 2008, while travelling in Arcand’s WCS company vehicle, plaintiff refused Arcand’s request to have sexual intercourse and Arcand responded by physically beating plaintiff, including punching her in the face and head, choking her and throwing her off a rock ledge.”
When she reported the assault to WCS management, she says, she “was told ‘not to bring this stuff’ to management’s attention.”
She says Wyoming Casing “took no action against Arcand,” but told her to “remain off WCS premises,” unless she warned that she was coming, a “policy [which] had the effect of ostracizing plaintiff, who was the victim of the beating, from WCS crews and jobs.”
She says WCS fired her “at least in part,” in retaliation for cooperating with the police “in the criminal prosecution of Arcand for the events of August 13, 2008.”
She seeks punitive damages for discriminatory discharge, retaliation, sexual harassment and hostile work environment.
She is represented by Robert Stepans of Jackson, Wyo.