Ex-employee sues CrossCountry, department supervisor for sexual harassment, retaliation

A former CrossCountry Mortgage worker accused her speedy superior at a department in Georgia of sexual harassment and mentioned the mortgage firm retaliated in opposition to her after she lodged complaints with the human sources division and federal authorities. 

Christina Nielsen, a former processor, claims that in her employment at CrossCountry, Alpharetta department supervisor Steven Bocca subjected her to sexual feedback, touched her with out consent and made inappropriate solicitations. In keeping with the lawsuit, six different feminine workers had been victims of sexual harassment by Bocca. A listing with their names is connected to the swimsuit.

A consultant for CrossCountry and Christina Nielsen’s lawyer didn’t return a request for feedback. Bocca and Nielsen didn’t reply to interview requests. 

The lawsuit states that Nielsen filed a sexual harassment and retaliation grievance with the Equal Employment Alternative Fee (EEOC) on Might 20, 2022. On February 24, 2023, Nielsen acquired a discover of the precise to sue. The lawsuit was filed within the U.S. District Court docket for the Northern District of Georgia, Atlanta Division. 

In keeping with the lawsuit, Nielsen joined the Alpharetta, Georgia department at CrossCountry in July 2018 as a mortgage processor, following 15 years of expertise within the mortgage trade. After two and a half years, she started working underneath Bocca’s supervision and had extra each day interactions with him as department supervisor, the lawsuit states. 

“Plaintiff started to note that Bocca’s management fashion was to intimidate, manipulate, and verbally abuse, and he generally sexually harassed his feminine employees,” Nielsen’s lawyer wrote within the lawsuit. 

Nielsen claims that, on a number of events, Bocca made sexually inappropriate feedback to her, indicating that she was “sizzling” and he wished to have sexual relations together with her. If Nielsen didn’t reply or tried to create boundaries, Bocca would say that partaking sexually with him would “make issues all higher” for her, the lawsuit claims. 

On two separate events, Nielsen alleged Bocca tried to place her hand on his genitals. The lawsuit states that in April 2022, Bocca was “intoxicated,” “grabbed the plaintiff’s buttock and pulled her towards him.” 

The alleged episode in April resulted in Nielsen calling CrossCountry’s HR division in Might within the presence of three different co-workers. Nielsen said that she was trying to resign and complained about sexual harassment in opposition to Bocca, per the lawsuit. 

Nielsen, who was despatched house for the rest of the week, alleges that she didn’t resign. In the course of the name, HR mentioned they’d examine the case and ship her directions to earn a living from home, the lawsuit states. 

An electronic mail from an HR staffer connected to the lawsuit states that CCM had begun an investigation and was interviewing workers as of Might 21, 2022. 

“Though privateness issues restrict our potential to share confidential data with you about different workers, we are able to talk we’re taking the suitable motion,” the HR electronic mail states. 

Nevertheless, per the lawsuit, the corporate by no means investigated Bocca’s alleged systemic sexual harassment, nor had been different ladies questioned. 

Nielsen claims she filed an EEOC cost and CCM minimize the entry to her electronic mail, ending her potential to work remotely. 

“On July 5, 2022, Plaintiff was knowledgeable that CCM had accepted her termination through the Name on Might 18 and that her final day of pay could be July 1, 2022,” the lawsuit states. “CCM had no foundation to fireside Plaintiff aside from retaliation from her grievance of sexual harassment.” 

In keeping with the lender’s web site, Bocca stays a department supervisor at CrossCountry in Georgia. 

Nielsen seeks declaratory and injunctive aid, again pay, compensatory damages, punitive damages, liquidated damages, and lawyer’s charges and prices.