A federal court lawsuit accuses a Texas dealership of sexual harassment and maintaining a hostile work environment based on a former employee's allegations of unwanted sexual comments and physical contact by a front-line service adviser.
Stacie Lloyd, a former express-service adviser at Gullo Toyota of Conroe in suburban Houston, claims that after she unsuccessfully complained to the service manager, the dealership retaliated by transferring her to a lower-paid position.
Lloyd had been earning $36,000 a year with the opportunity for $500 monthly bonuses based on customer service surveys. Her transfer to the dealership's business development center meant a loss in pay from $750 a week to $15 an hour, and no monthly bonus opportunities, the suit says.
Nor did the new job eliminate the need for her to have contact with the alleged harasser, according to the suit. Lloyd resigned, realizing "that the harassment would not end and that she would have to endure the humiliation and the assaults if she wanted to keep her job," the suit says.
She "was constructively discharged by the [dealership's] failure to correct or prevent the harassment," the suit adds.
It alleges the service manager told Lloyd that she couldn't act against the alleged harasser because "when you make the company $320,000 in one month, you can do what you want to do."
Tony Gullo Jr., the dealership's general manager, said he couldn't comment on pending litigation.