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March 3, 2010

March 3 2010

Sleeveco To Pay $200,000 To Settle EEOC Sex Discrimination Suit

Federal Agency Charged Company Fired Employee Because of Gender

ATLANTA – March 3, 2010 – SleeveCo, Inc., a Dawsonville, Ga., company that manufactures stretch-and-shrink sleeve labels, will pay $200,000 to settle a sex discrimination lawsuit brought by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) the federal agency announced today.

In its lawsuit, filed on April 29, 2008, in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia, Gainesville Division (Case No.: 2:08-cv-00106-SSC), the EEOC had charged that SleeveCo, Inc., subjected employee Tammy Stratton to sexual harassment and a hostile work environment due to her sex. The harasser, a manager, subjected Stratton to inappropriate touching, rubbed his body against her and made numerous sex-based comments.

Further, the EEOC charged, the manager then threatened to "blow (Stratton's) head off" when he heard her complaining about his conduct. Immediately after threatening her, he took steps to terminate her employment, and she was fired.

Sex discrimination, including sexual harassment, and retaliation for complaining about it violate Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

The consent decree settling the suit, in addition to the monetary relief, includes provisions for equal employment opportunity training, reporting, and posting of anti-discrimination notices. In the suit and decree, SleeveCo denied any liability or wrongdoing.

Bernice Williams-Kimbrough, district director for the EEOC's Atlanta office, said, "The EEOC is pleased with the outcome of this lawsuit. SleeveCo has indicated by its actions that it is serious in preventing sex-based harassment in the future. Most importantly, the consent decree will inure to the benefit of current and future female employees."

The EEOC enforces federal laws prohibiting employment discrimination. Further information about the EEOC is available on its web site at: www.eeoc.gov.

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