Shatia Sims has filed a lawsuit against Truly Nolen, claiming she was fired after complaining about the sexual harassment she endured.
Sims started working at Truly Nolen in May 2017 as a sales associate. She had experience as a pest control technician and originally applied for that position, but her manager told her he didn’t feel comfortable hiring a woman as a technician.
According to the lawsuit, Sims was one of the few women who worked at the Broward County office and endured frequent sexual harassment from her male co-workers. She claimed that one technician asked her if she had breast implants and said, “Your breasts are normally big, but today they look extra-perky. I want to bite them.” He also told her that she needed to wear a sports bra because he couldn’t concentrate on his work.
Sims, who is black and disabled, said she also faced discrimination based on those characteristics.
“Ms. Sims is a hard-working woman who simply wanted to use her skill set to advance her career and take care of her family,” Michelle Cohen Levy, her lawyer said. “She does not relish pursuing her claims against Truly Nolen but was ultimately left with no choice given the environment in which she worked and the way Truly Nolen handled the situation.”
Sims also claims that she was made to do the work of a technician, even though she was hired and paid as a sales associate. Her boss didn’t accommodate her request to go to the doctor, take breaks and miss work on a occasion because of her disability. He also allegedly made her have a camera running in her vehicle because of her race.
Sims reported the the treatment she was enduring in March 2018 and was fired a couple of weeks later for it.