Age and sex discrimination suit filed against Conoco Phillips Pipe Line

Ann Knef Nov. 29, 2007, 5:00am

A former employee of Conoco Phillips Pipe Line Co. in East St. Louis has filed an age and sex discrimination suit in federal court.

Julie Lesicko, who is over the age of 40, claims she was constructively discharged against her wishes March 1 after working nearly 12 years for the company.

"The discrimination included, but is not limited to the denial by defendant of vacation requests, the denial by defendant of training for the Plaintiff that would have afforded Plaintiff the opportunity for promotion, unfair disciplinary action against Plaintiff by Defendant and by allowing defendant's employees to create a hostile work environment for the Plaintiff by making and condoning sexually suggestive comments towards Plaintiff, by failing to prevent pornographic images to be placed in Plaintiff's locker, and by failing to take appropriate corrective actions regarding the foregoing," the complaint states.

According to the suit filed Nov. 27 in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Illinois, Lesicko received a right to sue letter from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission on Aug. 29 after having filed a discrimination charge with the commission.

Represented by Paul T. Slocomb of Hoffman & Slocomb in St. Louis and by John A. Vassen in Belleville, Lesicko also claims her former employer violated the Age Discrimination in Employment Act by denying vacation requests and by denying her training that would have afforded her the opportunity for promotion.

"The unlawful conduct was unwelcome in nature, and directed at Plaintiff because of her age," the complaint states.

Lesicko seeks:

  • An injuction enjoining Conoco Phillips Pipe Line from engaging in age discrimination;

  • An order requiring defendant to provide equal employment opportunities for those over age 40;

  • Compensation for pecuniary losses;

  • Damages for emotional distress, pain, suffering, inconvenience, loss of enjoyment of life, loss or reputation, and humiliation;

  • Punitive damages; and

  • Costs

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