Verizon: Protect Employees from Alleged Sexual Harassment

Target: Lowell McAdam, CEO of Verizon

Goal: Be proactive in sexual harassment claims at a Verizon warehouse.

A former Hollywood powerhouse has turned himself in to police in the wake of widespread sexual misconduct charges. A celebrity chef faces criminal charges for alleged sexual assault. A duo who allegedly ran a sex trafficking cult that preyed upon rich women could spend years in prison. #MeToo and #TimesUp have garnered widespread attention, but as the case of one Memphis, Tennessee warehouse demonstrates, reform may be slower going for everyday American workers fighting sexual harassment.

Eight previous and current female workers claim that they experienced unwanted sexual advances in the warehouse as early as 2014. Worse yet, the employees allege that when they reported these incidents, they were punished by supervisors. In total, nine XPO Logistics supervisors were identified in the complaints. Perhaps unsurprisingly, the results of a purported investigation by XPO itself proclaimed that the allegations had no merit. XPO is not new to controversy, as it was recently embroiled in a case involving an employee’s on-site potential wrongful death. When some of the employees, as well as the union and legal officials representing them, brought their grievances directly to XPO CEO Bradley Jacobs at a shareholders’ meeting, they were allegedly met with cold indifference.

At a time when the Supreme Court recently made it more difficult for aggrieved employees to file class action lawsuits, direct intervention is more crucial than ever. Sign this petition and demand the leadership of XPO primary contractor Verizon take immediate action in validating and investigating these serious complaints.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Mr. McAdam,

You were recently made aware of troubling claims against your Memphis XPO Logistics warehouse by concerned employees. The allegations of long-standing sexual harassment and retaliatory misconduct, if proven true, are an affront to Verizon’s values and an egregious violation of the safety and liberty of your employees.

XPO has, reportedly, essentially deemed this matter as a case closed, and the rights and liberties of countless employees will likely be damaged if this matter is allowed to fade. The seeming indifference allegedly shown by the CEO of XPO when confronted with these allegations at a shareholders’ meeting reflects a leadership that has absconded its duty and its obligation to its employees’ welfare.

While encouraging employees to come forward and updating procedures for reporting allegations are steps in the right direction, more can and should be done. In the spirit of a national movement giving voice to those previously voiceless, please give this matter your utmost attention and action.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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  1. gen agustsson says:

    stop war on gender. just stop raping people.

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