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A Tallahassee factory used by then-Gov. Rick Scott as an exemplar of job creation now is being sued by a fired worker on a claim of gender discrimination.
Amy DeGraw filed suit against Danfoss Turbocor Compressors in Leon County Circuit Civil court last month; the suit was recently made available online.
DeGraw — who seeks an unspecified amount of damages, including punitive damages — is represented by Tallahassee employment-law attorney Marie Mattox.
Scott used the plant as the site of a “business roundtable” in 2017 when he was fighting against then-House Speaker Richard Corcoran’s push to get rid of jobs-creating agency Enterprise Florida and tourism marketing agency VISIT FLORIDA.
DeGraw said in her suit she started work at Danfoss Turbocor in Tallahassee in 2007, rising to the position of Electronics Buyer/Planner before her “wrongful termination” last February, her suit said.
DeGraw — “the only female to work in her department for eight years” — claimed she was “held to a different standard” because she is a woman, according to the suit, including being given twice as much work as a male co-worker.
When a supervisor learned of the “unequal” workload, he promised her the plant would ease her burden or hire more help, the suit said. It did neither, she said. She also was blamed for other workers’ mistakes, according to the suit.
Nevertheless, she persisted, still “perform(ing) twice the workload as her male counterpart,” and being “repeatedly reprimanded” despite “her large workload,” the suit said. She also was refused her requests for extra pay for the extra work, she said.
DeGraw’s suit says she was fired soon after she warned management “there was an issue with the quality of parts being pushed out on the production line.”
A complaint in a lawsuit tells one side of a story. A request for comment was emailed Monday to Danfoss Turbocor; an automatic reply said the company “will respond as soon as possible — usually within 5 working days.”
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