Overseas Civilian Contractors

News and issues relating to Civilian Contractors working Overseas

DynCorp pays $155K to settle EEOC suit alleging worker in Iraq was subjected to anti-gay slurs

Note from OCC:  The EEOC does not bring a claim on behalf of an employee, or issue a Right to Sue, unless they determine beforehand that the charges are valid and should be investigated further.  DynCorp likely saved themselves having to admit on every proposal they submitted that they had this EEOC charge against them.

AP at The Republic  January 9, 2012

ALEXANDRIA, Va. — Military contractor DynCorp International Inc. has agreed to pay $155,000 to settle a civil lawsuit alleging that a mechanic in Iraq was subjected to homophobic slurs and a hostile working environment.

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission filed the suit last year in federal court in Alexandria on behalf of DynCorp employee James Friso.

The suit alleged Friso endured frequent taunts from a co-worker during a four-month stint in Iraq in 2006 and 2007. Friso, who is married and heterosexual, complained to managers but was either ignored or threatened with transfer, according to the suit.

As part of a written settlement, Falls Church-based DynCorp makes no admission of guilt and agreed to provide training to its managers on sexual harassment policies in the workplace

January 9, 2012 Posted by | Civilian Contractors, DynCorp, Iraq, Lawsuits, Legal Jurisdictions | , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Contractors home suffers heavy damage in fire

KTRE 9 We have a lot of contractor families in Texas,  looks like this one could use some help.

ZAVALLA, TX (KTRE) – The house of a Zavalla woman, whose husband is working as a contractor in Iraq, burned Sunday.

The fire started at the home off Hickory Hill Road.  Zavalla firefighters say it appears a portable window air conditioning unit was plugged into an outlet that overloaded.

Two bedrooms and a bathroom are a total loss.  The master bedroom, bathroom, and kitchen sustained heat, water, and smoke damage.

Huntington and Ora Volunteer Fire Departments also responded to the blaze  Original Story here

June 28, 2010 Posted by | Civilian Contractors, Iraq | , , | Leave a comment