Thursday, October 14, 2004

Commission Sues Planned Parenthood

Oct. 1, 2004, 11:33PM
EEOC sues Planned Parenthood
By PURVA PATEL
Copyright 2004 Houston Chronicle

Federal regulators are suing Planned Parenthood, alleging the organization
failed to act when a physician sexually harassed one of its employees.

The Houston Planned Parenthood office also retaliated against the employee,
Aymara Castro, by pressuring her to resign after she filed a discrimination
charge, according to Rudy Sustaita, a senior trial attorney with the Equal
Employment Opportunity Commission.

Planned Parenthood CEO Peter Durkin said he could not discuss pending
litigation.

"Planned Parenthood has a long-standing policy against any form of
harassment and a strong commitment to women's rights," he said. "While we
respect the EEOC's right to file a lawsuit, these are only allegations and
not fact."

The EEOC also filed suit this week against Houston-basedW-Industries Ltd.
for allegedly transferring and then firing an employee, Brion Wilson, in
retaliation for complaining about sexual harassment from male co-workers and
supervisors, contacting an attorney and filing a complaint.

The company and its attorney both declined comment.