Monica Van De Pitte Settles Lawsuit with Velocitel, Inc. After Being "Mooed" At By Colleagues

| by Amanda Andrade-Rhoades

After being repeatedly harassed by her coworkers, Monica Van De Pitte, a former employee at Velocitel, Inc. in Lake Oswego, Oregon, finally found justice after settling her gender-discrimination lawsuit.

The complaint, which was filed with Oregon's Bureau of Labor and Industries, stated that Van De Pitte was harassed on several occasions by many of her colleagues at Velocitel Inc., which builds cellphone towers for wireless network services. When Van De Pitte interviewed for her position in 2012, she told her supervisors she needed some flexibility in her schedule because she had two young children and was still nursing her 1-year-old son. She also requested a private space to pump breast milk. 

Van De Pitte joined the company and was “mooed” at by her colleagues when she pumped breast milk in the company’s supply closet the only private space available to her. One coworker taped a picture of a cow mooing to the door of the supply room, where she and another nursing mother pumped.

Many of Van De Pitte’s colleagues bragged about their sex lives, and, after she complained, a supervisor told her she needed to “privately reflect on why sexual conversations made her uncomfortable." 

One coworker was particularly demeaning and was nicknamed "The Walking HR Violation” due to his constant harassment of female employees. He frequently grabbed women’s breasts and “honked” them.

Van De Pitte quit in January of 2013 after her supervisors informed other staff members about the suit.

The settlement amount was not disclosed, and Velocitel, Inc. has yet to comment on the case.

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