RICHMOND, Va. (CN) - Pepsi subsidiary Sabra Dipping Company retaliated against an employee after he revealed his supervisor was offering job promotions in exchange for sex, a lawsuit filed in the city's circuit court claims.
Kevin Williams, who filed the pro se action, describes himself as a subject matter expert in his field, which was maintaining and operating machines which filled containers with hummus.
He claims he was wrongly denied a supervisor position based on his race and gender, and that the company subsequently hired Jayson Ingerham, who soon showed a preference for promoting young, attractive female employees.
According to the complaint, "Williams personally investigated this situation, and learned that Ingerham was offering permanent positions to temporary employees who were willing to engage in sexual activity with him. Williams also learned that Ingerham was keeping nude photos of various Sabra employees on his company phone."
Williams alleges that female employees who declined to perform sexual favors were denied opportunity for advancement.
Williams says he repeatedly complained to human resources about Ingraham's alleged actions, but he was told to "look for another job." Williams also says the company cut his hours and denied him overtime hours.
Ingerham, who remained supervisor to Williams, is also alleged to have retaliated against him by giving him poor performance evaluations.
Williams says he was fired shortly after filing a complaint about Ingraham with Sabra's corporate hotline.
He also says that human resources told him he was not eligible for promotion since he lacked a college degree, but concealed the fact that he could have satisfied requirements by enrolling in school.
Williams is seeking $300,000 in damages and lost wages.
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