Lawsuit: Post Office ignored sexual harassment complaint, told woman it was ‘too late’

A Sioux Falls mail clerk for the U.S. Postal Service is alleging that her sexual harassment complaint against a fellow employee disappeared.

Cynthia Ekeren made the initial complaint against the unnamed male co-worker on July 11, 2018 when she left a message for a local human resources manager. Ekeren reported that she’d been subjected to unwanted sexual advances by a co-worker who asked for her address so that he could come over and give her a massage. The man had also told Ekeren that “her body was driving him ‘crazy,’” according to a lawsuit Ekeren filed against the Postal Service in U.S. District Court.

Ekeren and the HR manager finally connected on July 31, when Ekeren made the complaint. Then months passed. Ekeren sent emails inquiring about the status of the complaint, but she says she heard nothing.

On January 27, 2019, Ekeren emailed the HR manager, Deborah Lovelace, and copied Lovelace’s supervisor, Thomas Elias. In the email she complained about the process taking five months, calling it “unacceptable.”


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