JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (CN) – A Florida woman says that after she had an injury, the men at work made vague threats about her lawyer, called her “Frodo” and began to harass her, asking if they could “get some” and threatening to “ship you down south.”
Cheryl Burr says she was injured while employed by Lewis Tree Service, and when her physician placed her on light duty restrictions, her male co-workers began making taunting and sexually harassing jabs at her, such as, “You must be blowing the boss.”
About a month after Burr was placed on light duty, she says the Tree Service put her “back on a truck” though her physician’s restrictions had not been lifted, claiming an employee was “complaining about babysitting you all day.”
Burr says she was continuously harassed and told to violate her light duty restrictions or go home, which in one instance involved climbing down a wet culvert. Burr says co-workers also made inappropriate remarks about her injury, with statements like, “Come on Frodo, Hobbits are more flexible than that.”
When Burr was bent down, another co-worker said, “While you’re down there why don’t you blow me, since you don’t do anything else around here,” a comment Burr said inspired another co-worker to join in, grab her jacket and pull her toward him saying, “Let me get some.”
Burr says once word got out that the she had an attorney, several of the defendant’s employees stated that they wanted “to know who the pussy motherfucker was because if they lost their job they were going to beat someone’s ass.”
Burr was taken out of work by her physician and was told by her boss that when she returned she would be “shipped down south.” Instead, she was fired.
Burr is represented in Duval County Court by David Sacks and Rachel Compton.