U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
Nursing Home Facility in Mountain Home, Arkansas Fired Employee in Retaliation for Engaging in Protected Activity, Federal Agency Charges
MOUNTAIN HOME, Ark. – A Mountain Home, Arkansas based company that operates a nursing home and rehabilitation facility violated federal law by discriminating against an employee because she complained about the hiring of a manager who had sexually harassed her at a previous employer, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) charged in a lawsuit it filed today. The employee also placed Mountain Home on notice that she had filed a charge of discrimination against her previous employer over the sexual harassment.
The EEOC’s suit, Civil Action No. 3:11-CV-03089-JLH, filed in U.S. District Court for the Western District of Arkansas, Harrison Division, asserts that Care Manor Healthcare, LLC, doing business as Care Manor Nursing Home, violated Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 when it terminated Frances Guthrie, who worked for Care Manor at its nursing home and rehabilitation facility in Mountain Home, Arkansas, because she engaged in protected activity.
The EEOC filed suit after first attempting to reach a pre-litigation settlement through its conciliation process. The agency’s lawsuit seeks monetary relief in the form of back pay, compensatory and punitive damages, reinstatement and an injunction against future discrimination, among other items.
“The company terminated Ms. Guthrie after she made a statutorily protected complaint,” said Katharine W. Kores, district director of the EEOC’s Memphis District Office, which has jurisdiction over Arkansas, Tennessee and portions of Mississippi. “This type of blatant retaliation is a priority for the EEOC. Employers cannot engage in such retaliatory acts, which prevent workers from engaging in their federally protected right of filing a charge with the EEOC.”
Care Manor Healthcare, LLC, is a limited liability company based in Melbourne, Arkansas. The company operates a facility in Mountain Home, Arkansas under the name Care Manor Nursing Home that provides long term care and short term rehabilitation services to patients.
The EEOC enforces federal laws prohibiting employment discrimination. Further information about the EEOC is available on its web site at www.eeoc.gov.