Corrections Corporation of America will pay $1.3 million to settle complaints from 21 female employees in Colorado who claimed they suffered harassment from male supervisors and colleagues ranging from sexually explicit comments to rape, reports the Denver Post. A female officer complained a male co-worker sexually harassed her and that after she complained, she was reassigned to an isolated location of the medium-security Crowley County Correctional Facility, where she was raped by the man she complained about.
The lawsuit filed by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission also accused a chief of security at the prison of forcing a female correctional officer to have sex with him so she could keep her job. Female employees also accused their male counterparts of openly viewing pornography and making demeaning sexual jokes about them. The EEOC sued Corrections Corporation of America and Dominion Correctional Services; Dominion no longer is operating prisons. CCA assumed control of the prison in 2003 and claims that a “substantial number” of the more serious allegations occurred under Dominion’s operation.