This action is brought on behalf of the United States to enforce the provisions of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended, 42 U.S.C. § 2000 et seq. (“Title VII”). As set forth below, the United States alleges that Defendant, Wilson County (“Defendant” or “Wilson County”), engaged in retaliation in violation of Title VII when it terminated Jennifer Riddle (“Riddle”) because of her complaints about the sexual harassment she experienced while employed by Defendant.
On September 14, 2017, Riddle filed a timely charge with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) alleging sex discrimination and retaliation. Riddle amended her charge to include additional factual details on February 17, 2018.
On September 20, 2018, the EEOC notified the County that it found reasonable cause to believe that the County had violated Title VII by retaliating against Riddle for engaging in protected activity.
On November 7, 2018, the EEOC notified the County that efforts to conciliate Riddle’s charge were unsuccessful, and the matter was forwarded to the Department of Justice.
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