Miller claims he complained to supervisors but the alleged harassment intensified, the lawsuit says, and he filed a charge with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and contacted the NAACP. He took disability leave as a result of stress in 2015 and the suit alleges the harassment continued when he returned.
Miller continues to work for Navistar, said Erica Probst, his attorney in the case. She declined to provide further details about the alleged harassment.
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Probst said her client received a notice of suit rights from the EEOC that entitled him to file a lawsuit in federal court. However, by the time Miller arrived at her office, the statute of limitations allowing him to file in federal court had passed, she said.
Kimberly Smith-Brown, a spokeswoman for the EEOC, said the agency is prohibited from either confirming or denying the existence of a discrimination filing or investigation.
“Information about specific cases only becomes public if and when EEOC files a lawsuit — which is usually a last resort,” Smith-Brown said.
Denise Williams, president of the Springfield Unit of the NAACP, confirmed Miller contacted the organization but she declined to discuss the case further.
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The lawsuit seeks an undisclosed amount of damages, including attorney fees, back pay, reinstatement, and several other damages.