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Ex-employee alleges rampant sexual misconduct at mortgage lender EPM

Ex-employee alleges rampant sexual misconduct at mortgage lender EPM
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A former employee claims to be an executive at an Atlanta-based mortgage lender Mortgage (EPM) sexually assaulted her, and executives fostered a culture of widespread sexual harassment in the company.

In a suit filed in the US District Court for the Northern District of Georgia in October, former mortgage loan processor Tiar McCart claimed that while she was at EPM, executives — including CEO Eddie Perez — and other employees made sexual comments about her, and touched her. , inappropriate images, and lawsuit requests. The lawsuit alleges that Perez, on one occasion, asked an acquaintance of McCartt at work if he “had it,” in reference to McCart’s sex.

EPM’s lawyers, in their response to the court on December 23, denied any wrongdoing. According to their response, the EPM did not “intentionally or intentionally [violate the] the rights of the plaintiff in any way.”

Several members of the executive team engaged in inappropriate behavior while she was at EPM, from March 2020 to March 2021, according to McCartt’s lawsuit.

McCartt alleged that Mark Moloney, chief technology officer of EPM, attempted to sexually violate her after a work-related event. The lawsuit states that after Moloney apologized for the alleged assault, he “directly threatened” McCartt’s continued employment at EPM, ordering it not to tell anyone about the incident.

The lawsuit alleges that McCartt subsequently filed a report with the company’s human resources. After investigation, the EPM allegedly concluded that the incident was “unrelated to work”.

Two days later, the company terminated McCartt for “poor performance,” the lawsuit alleged. McCartt called the termination a “blatant retaliation” for reporting Moloney’s behavior, according to court filings.

In its response, EPM contended that whether Moloughney engaged in any unlawful conduct, “which he did not do, such conduct was outside the scope and course of his business and was not in furtherance of the actions of Defendant EPM.”

The Egyptian Company for Pharmaceutical Industries did not respond to requests for comment.

McCartt also alleged that the company’s COO, Jason Callan, repeatedly referred to her as “my bitch,” and made lists of female co-workers he would have sex with.

The lawsuit alleges that incidents of sexual harassment extended far beyond the executive team. McCartt accused the company’s senior management of contempt through intimidation and making obscene written comments.

On frequent occasions, McCartt has claimed that co-workers and members of management have made unwelcome comments about her appearance. It also alleges that the administration circulated an email discussing the plaintiffs body. A co-worker pretended to undo his pants during a work video conference, the lawsuit alleges, still working for the lender.

On one occasion, according to the lawsuit, McCartt arrived at her office to find it “covered with colorful rod-shaped confetti.”

Founded in 2008, EPM is licensed in 49 states and offers a range of lending products including conventional mortgages, those insured by Federal Housing Administration, the Department of Veterans AffairsThe reverse mortgages and United States Department of Agriculture loans. for every LinkedIn Estimates, the company has more than 700 employees.

The lawsuit is the latest in a series of similar lawsuits filed this year, accusing lenders of allowing a toxic workplace culture and failing to take steps to prevent sexual harassment.

Ex-employees of both Loan And Residential Home Finance Corporation. RealFi filed lawsuits this year, accusing the lenders of allowing repeated sexual harassment and gender discrimination.

McCartt seeks advertising and injunctive relief, equitable damages, damages, and attorneys’ fees and costs.

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