(Bloomberg) — A former Fidelity Investments employee claims she was taunted by two male colleagues who openly made offensive remarks about her pregnancy, race, women’s bodies, and slavery.
Elizabeth Evans said that over a period of about two years she faced an “unrelenting hostile work environment” and “locker room”-style banter at the company’s campus in Merrimack, New Hampshire, according to a lawsuit filed earlier this month. The Boston-based firm’s human resources department failed to intervene when she complained, the suit alleges.
“I’m fighting for my career in an industry that wasn’t made for people that look like me,” said Evans, who’s described in the lawsuit as Afro-Latina and of Dominican descent.
A spokesman for Fidelity, Vincent Loporchio, said the firm “investigated her complaints and found that they were without merit. We take all allegations of inappropriate behavior very seriously and when the behavior of this sort is brought to our attention we investigate it and take prompt and appropriate action. We have no tolerance for this type of behavior and never will.”
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