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Oct 15 18

Court Rules to Allow Sexual Harassment and Invasion of Privacy Claims to Continue Against M7 Aerospace and Elbit Systems of America

Carlos Solis

Federal Government Contractor Attempted to Dismiss Sexual Harassment Cases

SAN ANTONIO, TX – Oct. 15, 2018 Federal contractor, M7 Aerospace, and its $5 billion parent company, Elbit Systems of America filed a motion on Sept. 14, 2018 to dismiss a lawsuit from two females for Sexual Harassment, Invasion of Privacy, and Negligent Hiring and Supervision while employed by M7 Aerospace. The lawsuit stems from M7’s failure to terminate a Depot Engineer Manager with a known history of sexual harassment, privacy violations, and inappropriate intimate photography of women. By not terminating the employee, the lawsuit claims, they allowed him to victimize at least two additional female employees. Hilley & Solis maintained this lawsuit had merit and the victims deserved to continue in their fight for justice and vigorously fought M7’s motion to dismiss.

On October 9, 2018, the Court ruled with Hilley & Solis on two of the three counts and allowed the Sexual Harassment and Invasion of Privacy claims to continue. The court denied M7’s motion to dismiss the Sexual Harassment and Invasion of Privacy claims and only granted M7’s motion to dismiss on a single count, Negligent Hiring and Supervision. 

 

“Plaintiffs’ cause of action for “hostile work environment,” based on sex discrimination, fails because…there is no allegation that the Plaintiffs, themselves, were aware of any misconduct until after its occurrence.”

 – Defendants M7 Aerospace, LLCs and Elbit Systems of America, LLC’s Motion to Dismiss

 

“M7 wanted to dismiss the lawsuit partly on the grounds the victims didn’t know at the time the known harasser was taking upskirt photos –  so it does not qualify as sexual harassment.  That’s just absurd,” said Carlos Solis, Partner at Hilley & Solis Law. “We need to send a clear message that harassment is inexcusable and continuing to employ a known harasser and putting additional women in his path is indefensible.”

The Times Up Legal Defense Fund reported that since launching in January, more than 3,500 people in all 50 states have reached out for legal help with sexual harassment at work.

 

“Plaintiffs’ legal theory, apparently, is that once an employee engages in harassment, the alleged harasser must either be terminated or forever isolated from anyone else he or she might possibly victimize in the future. This theory has no basis”

 – Defendants M7 Aerospace, LLCs and Elbit Systems of America, LLC’s Motion to Dismiss

 

“We look forward to finding out why M7 and Elbit Systems decided to leave this known pervert in their offices to further victimize women,” said Solis.

Sexual harassment is a form of sex discrimination which is prohibited by Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and Chapter 21 of the Texas Labor Code. Hilley & Solis (Cantu, et al v. M7 Aerospace, et al, Cause No. 2018-CI-13266).  The lawsuit seeks monetary damages for the victims, including compensatory and punitive damages.

M7 is an aerospace company headquartered at the San Antonio Airport. M7 is the successor organization to Fairchild Dornier Aviation, having bought much of the firm’s assets out of bankruptcy. On December 15, 2010, M7 was purchased by the United States subsidiary of the Israeli defense contractorElbit Systems.

M7 Aerospace has five distinct business units:

 

About Hilley & Solis

The attorneys at Hilley & Solis Laware former prosecutors who represent individuals facing employment issues, personal injury, and those charged with various types of criminal charges in San Antonio. We also represent people throughout Texas, including the Valley, Corpus Christi, Houston and Dallas. Visit www.hilley-solis.comfor more information.

 

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Aug 10 18

Press Release- M7 Aerospace Management Failed to Prevent Further Harassment Despite Employee Complaints

Carlos Solis

Hilley & Solis Law, PLLC and Martinez & Associates PLLC Sue M7 Aerospace and Parent Company for Harassment

 

SAN ANTONIO, TX – M7 Aerospace and its parent company Elbit Systems of America violated federal and state law when it subjected multiple female employees to harassment and privacy violations in their location in San Antonio, TX, the Hilley & Solis law firm charged in a lawsuit filed on July 19, 2018.

According to the lawsuit, M7 moved a Depot Engineer Manager with a known history of sexual harassment, privacy violations, and intimate photography of women without their consent to a position conducive to victimize additional women. Hilley & Solis also alleges the Employer retained evidence of the harassment and circulated the unwelcome sexual photos internally instead of immediately turning it over to authorities.

Hilley & Solis further contends that these employees and others complained about the harassment up the chain of command, but M7 took insufficient action after the initial complaint and other females may be at risk. Sexual harassment is a form of sex discrimination which is prohibited by Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and Chapter 21 of the Texas Labor Code. Hilley & Solis (Cantu, et al v. M7 Aerospace, et al, Cause No. 2018-CI-13266). The lawsuit seeks monetary damages for the victims, including compensatory and punitive damages.

“Federal and state anti-discrimination laws exist to protect workers from this kind of abuse,” said Carlos Solis, Partner at Hilley & Solis Law. “As fathers, husbands, and equal opportunity employers, we must all do our part to ensure every woman feels safe and empowered in any job. We are here to hold M7 accountable.”

“Employers, especially those being funded by the public’s tax dollars, have an obligation to provide a workplace free from harassment,” said Derek Hilley, Partner at Hilley & Solis Law. “That is more than just a written policy in an employee handbook – employers must take violations of privacy seriously and act promptly and responsibly to stop other employees from being violated.”

M7 is an aerospace company with its headquarters on the property of the San Antonio Airport. M7 is the successor organization to Fairchild Dornier Aviation, having bought much of the firm’s assets out of bankruptcy. On December 15, 2010, M7 was purchased by the United States subsidiary of the Israeli defense contractor Elbit Systems.

M7 Aerospace has five distinct business units:• Aircraft Parts and Product Support

  • Government logistics support
  • Aerostructures manufacturing
  • Aircraft Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul (MRO)
  • Aerial orthorectified imaging

About Hilley & Solis

The attorneys at Hilley & Solis Law are former prosecutors who represent individuals facing employment issues, personal injury, and those charged with various types of criminal charges inSan Antonio. We also represent people throughout Texas, including the Valley, Corpus Christi, Houston and Dallas. Visit www.hilley-solis.com for more information.

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