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Courier Firm Accused Of Covering Up|For Manager Who Preys On Women

GRAND RAPIDS, MICH. (CN) - When two women were terrified of reporting rape and harassment at the hands of a supervisor, because his supervisor had covered it up, they asked a male co-worker to report the attacks to the Corporate Bank Transit of Kentucky, the man says. He says he did it was fired for it.

Plaintiff James Shillinger, a lead driver for the transit company aka Corporate Transit of America, says his female colleagues told him that defendant Ryan Hinkley had raped one woman and sexually assaulted another. They said they could not report Hinkley's continuing harassment because Hinkley's boos, defendant Patrick Croft, had covered for him before.

Shillinger said he called defendant Al Blevins at the Southfield, Mich., corporate office and explained the situation. He says Blevins told him that he was the right man to talk to, and asked for written statements from the women, which he got.

Shillinger says Croft then set up a meeting with him and asked why he didn't take the complaints to him first. "Plaintiff responded that the women didn't trust him and were scared of him," the suit states. It continues: "Defendant Croft responded, 'Good.' He then made the remark, 'Look at them, Jim. Wouldn't you do them?'"

Shortly afterward, he says, Hinkley fired him without cause.

He demands damages for conspiracy, retaliation and wrongful firing. He is represented by Pinsky, Smith, Fayette & Kennedy.

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