The case was filed against the North Carolina Department of Public Safety by Amber A. Triplett after she claimed she was sexually harassed on numerous occasions by the inmates she worked around as a correctional health assistant, according to court documents.
Supervisors allegedly responded to her complaints with “negative comments,” and showed no consideration for her safety, her lawsuit said.
Attorneys for both parties on Monday filed exhibit lists for what they plan to present during the trial.
The lawsuit claims the Alexander Correctional Institute was in violation of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 by not taking action and enforcing the procedures and policies designed to protect female employees.
Triplett is seeking damages in excess of $10,000, court documents said.
Triplett was hired by the prison in 2007 and worked in a unit that housed inmates segregated for administrative and disciplinary actions. Triplett helped physicians treat inmates considered to be “intensive” and on “maximum control.”
The harassment by the inmates began about a year after Triplett started, the lawsuit said.
After her complaints went ignored, Triplett filed a complaint with the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission in February 2014, according to court documents.
About a year later, the EEOC issued a right-to-sue notice based on the violation.
Triplett claims she was subjected to inmates inappropriately touching themselves in front of her, making sexual comments toward her, issuing threats and undressing in front of her, according to court documents. Triplett reported the majority of offenses, including an incident in which an inmate grabbed her breasts.
According to the lawsuit, one supervisor told Triplett, “Well, you know that’s the way these guys do back in segregation and it’s not going to change.”