Women sue Ford for harassment at Chicago plant

Several female workers at Ford Motor Co.’s Chicago Assembly Plant have filed a lawsuit against the automaker alleging sexual harassment and discrimination.

The women claim male co-workers, managers and supervisors would target them if they complained about propositions and inappropriate conduct.

In announcing the lawsuit Monday, plaintiff Christie Van said working at the plant has been “a total nightmare.”

The lawsuit is the not the first of its kind concerning the plant. A 1999 class action lawsuit alleging sexual harassment was settled and a monitor appointed.

Plaintiff’s attorney Keith Hunt says once the monitor left, there was no protection for women workers.

Ford issued a statement claiming it is proud to be an equal opportunity employer, It added that it takes reports of harassment and discrimination seriously.

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