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SPRINGFIELD, Ohio -- The Speedway SuperAmerica convenience store chain won a sexual harassment and retaliatory discharge case in Marshall County, W.V., reported the West Virginia Record.
The unanimous verdict came on July 19, siding with Speedway SuperAmerica and two of its employees. The suit, filed by Mary Tyler, a former cashier for Speedway SuperAmerica, alleged that she was sexually harassed repeatedly by a co-worker and that the company's failure to take action on her complaints created a hostile work environment, the report stated.
In addition, Tyler claimed shortly after making the complaint, her cash register came up more than $200 short in one shift. While Tyler was not accused of stealing the money, she ultimately was discharged because of the shortage, according to the report.
The defense argued the company's handling of the sexual harassment complaint was appropriate under its policies. While the harassment charges were conceded, evidence was presented by the defense that immediately upon being advised of her complaint, an investigation began, disciplinary action was taken, and the offensive conduct stopped.
In regards to the loss of Tyler's job, the defense stated termination for unexplained, large cash shortages was consistent with its longstanding policy. In addition, the defense presented acknowledgement of the policy, which was signed by the plaintiff, according to the paper.