Security Officer Lisa Garner Speaks Out About Sexual Harassment at U.S. Security Associates
Watch Lisa Garner tell her story in the featured video.
Lisa Garner and her family could be left out in the cold this holiday season — simply because she complained about being harassed at work.
In 2010, Lisa had worked as a security officer for 10 years at the Philadelphia Nursing Home. She loved her job protecting residents and staff — until another security officer allegedly began to harass her repeatedly with inappropriate comments and lewd behavior .
When Lisa complained to her employer, U.S. Security Associates, she realized she was taking a risk. She didn’t expect it to end with losing her job this year.
When Lisa was let go from her position, she filed a complaint with the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission. But while she waits for an investigation, she’s still unemployed, living on welfare and about to lose her home.
Meanwhile, the man who harassed her still works for U.S. Security Associates supervising new female employees. And U.S. Security still has a contract with the nursing home.
Sexual harassment is unacceptable, and the worst part is that Lisa’s not alone. Since 2002, at least 23 women employed by U.S. Security Associates have filed federal suits or official complaints alleging sexual and other forms of harassment and discrimination at the company. Women shouldn’t have to choose between being abused and being unemployed.
Former employees like Lisa Garner are speaking out to put an end to sexual harassment and discrimination at U.S. Security Associates. We’re standing with them until U.S. Security Associates fixes its irresponsible and unacceptable behavior.