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Lawsuit Accuses N.H. Oil Company Owner Of Sexual Harassment, Retaliation

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has filed a lawsuit against the Fred Fuller Oil Company, accusing its owner of sexually harassing two female employees.

This is not the first time the company’s owner has faced such accusations.

The lawsuit alleges that Fred Fuller sexually assaulted an employee, then forced her to quit in July of 2011.

Mark Penzel is a senior trial attorney with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

“That assault was the culmination of a growing number of unwanted and inappropriate sexual comments and incidents of touching by Mr. Fuller.”

The lawsuit further alleges that in October of that year, Fuller fired a second employee who threatened to file a charge of discrimination against him.

The EEOC previously sued the company in 2003.

That case was settled in 2005 for $780,000 in relief for five women.

Fred Fuller Oil is based in Hudson and has offices in eight New Hampshire cities and towns.

A call to Fred Fuller Oil’s main office for this story was not returned.

Michael serves as NHPR's Program Director. Michael came to NHPR in 2012, working as the station's newscast producer/reporter. In 2015, he took on the role of Morning Edition producer. Michael worked for eight years at The Telegraph of Nashua, covering education and working as the metro editor.

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