Woman accuses mine manager of sexual harassment

By Kyla Asbury | Dec 17, 2014

MADISON - A woman is suing Xinergy of West Virginia Inc. after she claims she was sexually harassed by the manager of Raven Crest Mine.

Janet K. Williams was employed as an office secretary and was assigned to work at the Raven Crest mine site to work under the direction of Gregory Mason, Les Hensley, Jack Easter and Jack Hagewood, according to a complaint filed in Boone Circuit Court.

During Williams' employment she was subjected to unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature which had the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with their performance and which created an intimidating, hostile or offensive working environment.

Williams claims Hagewood's unwelcome conduct and sexual harassment was directed at, at least, four females.

"Hagewood's conduct occurred in the workplace, over the course of at least two years, during working hours and with the knowledge of the remaining defendants," the complaint states.

In 2012, Hagewood masturbated in front of a female security guard at the Raven Crest mine site and the female security guard complained to Easter, however Easter laughed and told her that Hagewood was "harmless."

Williams claims Hagewood masturbated again in the presence of the female security guard and Easter ignored her complaints.

Hagewood asked Williams to show him her breasts and masturbated in her presence several times, according to the suit.

In February, a female secretary at South Fork Coal Company complained that Hagewood took a photo of his penis and showed it to her. Bobby E. Hypes Jr., the manager of South Fork, reported the incident to Mason, but no disciplinary action was taken.

Williams claims in June, Hagewood asked a new female security guard to send him photos of her, asked if her breasts were real and stuck his hand down her shirt and grabbed her breast.

Due to the sexual harassment of Hagewood and sexually hostile environment, Williams suffered humiliation, embarrassment and mental anguish, according to the suit.

Williams is seeking compensatory and punitive damages. She is being represented by Maria W. Hughes and Mark Goldner of Hughes & Goldner PLLC.

Raven Crest Mining LLC, Raven Crest Leasing LLC, Raven Crest Contracting LLC, Raven Crest Minerals LLC and South Fork Coal Company LLC were also named as defendants in the suit.

Boone Circuit Court case number: 14-C-199

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