School bus company Berry Services sued for sexual harassment

In late September, the EEOC filed a lawsuit against New Orleans-based school bus provider Berry Services Inc. for retaliating against employees who complained about sexual harassment.

The owner of Berry Services, Milton Berry, has been accused of sexual harassment by at least three female employees during 2003-2007. 

One of the alleged victims, Lakisha Baker, claims that Berry sexually propositioned and touched her on her first day of work in November 2006 and then harassed her on a daily basis until firing her in February 2007 in retaliation after Baker refused Berry’s order to call him to discuss having sex. 

The lawsuit states that “on one occasion Mr. Berry pulled her pants down and tried to touch her” and that Berry also offered Baker a promotion or salary increase in exchange for oral sex.

Michelle Butler, senior trial attorney for the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, said that although none of the alleged incidents of sexual harassment occurred in the presence of school students, she was still concerned that “he is providing service to where he would have access to children.”

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