Nationwide Action Calls Attention to U.S. Security Associates’ Record of Sexual Harassment
After hearing alarming evidence of sexual harassment at U.S. Security Associates (USSA), activists began a public education campaign to raise awareness about the company’s record. Groups of security officers and community supporters handed out flyers this week at various sites across the country that have contracts with the security firm.
The flyer calls attention to the $4 million that U.S. Security Associates has had to pay in multiple sexual harassment and worker retaliation lawsuits. It highlights quotes from a district judge, including such remarks as, “The cavalier attitude of those in corporate headquarters about sexual harassment put thousands of employees at risk.”
The groups informed the public about USSA’s record at a hospital and university in California, Wal-Mart in Indianapolis and Kmart in Chicago. Other locations included stores, offices and public sites in Denver, Cincinnati, Houston, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Baltimore, Washington D.C., and New Jersey.
USSA is the nation’s fourth largest security contractor. Officers are concerned that the company has not lived up to the standards of a top security contractor by failing to provide good jobs for officers and adequately protecting the public. Aside from recent sexual harassment lawsuits, the company also has a record of discrimination and whistleblower retaliation, as well as Occupational Safety and Health Administration violations.