IPI says it investigated, acted on sex harassment complaint


Imperial Pacific International (CNMI) LLC asserts that it investigated a complaint of an employee who filed a sexual harassment lawsuit in federal court against her then-supervisor and IPI.

In its answer and defense to the lawsuit filed by a female national, IPI, through counsel Kelley M. Butcher, said the company took “appropriate action” after its investigation. She did not specify IPI’s action.

Butcher said at all times relevant to the complaint, IPI had a policy against sexual harassment in place.

The woman, through counsel William M. Fitzgerald, accused Stephen Brown of sexual harassment and IPI of ignoring her complaint against him.

The complainant is demanding an unspecified amount of damages from Brown and IPI.

The woman is a pit supervisor and has been working for IPI since Sept. 10, 2015. Her direct supervisor was Brown, a U.S. citizen, who was the pit manager.

In IPI’s answer and defenses filed in District Court Monday, Butcher said the plaintiff cannot recover damages against IPI as she has failed to exhaust all administrative and statutory prerequisites before filing the lawsuit.

Ferdie De La Torre | Reporter
Ferdie Ponce de la Torre is a senior reporter of Saipan Tribune. He has a bachelor’s degree in journalism and has covered all news beats in the CNMI. He is a recipient of the CNMI Supreme Court Justice Award. Contact him at ferdie_delatorre@Saipantribune.com

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