Teamsters sued over voodoo dolls and sexual harassment

By Kelly Holleran | Jul 13, 2012

A St. Clair County jailer claims a union refuses to offer her any help in relation to sexual harassment and threats she has been receiving while at work.

Catrece Yvette Mosley filed a lawsuit June 21 in St. Clair County Circuit Court against Teamsters Local 50.

In her complaint, Mosley alleges she began experiencing sexual harassment since she began her job as a jailer in East St. Louis in 2008.

"She has been forced to look at nude female magazines, calendars and sexually explicit language used by her co-workers and direct supervisor," the suit states.

Although Mosley has voiced her concern, no action has been taken, according to the complaint.

In fact, Mosley believes her supervisor to be responsible for placing two voodoo dolls in her desk on June 6, 2011. One of the dolls had a black pin stuck into her chest, the complaint says.

In retaliation for voicing her complaints, Mosley claims she lost furlough and vacation days.

Following the incidents, Mosley contacted the Teamsters Local 50 to request that it file a grievance against her employer. However, the Teamster refuses to do so, Mosley claims.

"The plaintiff believes the defendant refused to act because defendant's shop steward is the person who is committing many of the acts of retaliation and sexual harassment against the plaintiff," the suit states.

Because of Teamsters Local 50's failure to help Mosley, she has continued to experience the harassment and retaliation, suffered physical and mental health problems, endured mental anguish and incurred medical costs, the complaint says.

In her complaint, Mosley seeks an unspecified judgment, plus attorney's fees and other relief the court deems just.

Brian L. Polinske of Polinske and Associates in Edwardsville will be representing her.

St. Clair County Circuit Court case number: 12-L-329.

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