Women working at several Comcast offices have described experiencing sexual harassment from their co-workers that often was ignored or mishandled by the company, reports Jezebel.
One former employee at a Comcast center in Washington, D.C., alleged a worker environment where her co-workers had lewd conversations about one another’s sex lives and the physical appearance of women in the office.
The employee, Rylinda Rhodes, transferred to another office. But in that new office, she says she was groped by a co-worker who later made comments about her breasts.
Rhodes sought therapy after the incident. She also notified Comcast’s human resources department, but according to a case summary, she was fired for not returning to work after disagreeing with Comcast over how to remedy the situation.
Jezebel spoke with six women at Comcast centers who detailed similar experiences of sexual harassment in the workplace, which they felt were usually not properly handled by the company’s HR department.
Anther woman, Suzanne Mitchell, said that a manager at Comcast would regularly stare at her breasts while speaking with her. Another woman, who was eventually fired, said that she believed she was penalized after rejecting a sexual advance from her supervisor.
Comcast declined to address any of the harassment allegations specifically, but in a statement said it has a zero-tolerance policy for such behavior.
“Sexual harassment, or harassment of any kind, is not tolerated at Comcast,” said Jenni Moyer, the company’s senior director of corporate communications.
“The company was founded on a foundation of respect, integrity and trust. We have strong policies against sexual and other forms of harassment and encourage employees to report any harassing behavior. Any allegation of harassment is taken very seriously.”