EEOC Sues Domestic Violence Shelter in Missouri

September 30, 2010

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) – A federal agency has sued a domestic violence shelter in Columbia on behalf of 2 women who say they were punished for claiming the director had inappropriately touched staff members.

The lawsuit against Comprehensive Human Services Inc. was filed Thursday by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. It claims sexual harassment and retaliation.

The lawsuit says two staff members went to the president and vice president of the shelter’s board of directors in August 2008 with complaints about then-director Leigh Voltmer. The suit says 1 of the staff members was fired two weeks later and the other was demoted and had her pay cut.

Voltmer and shelter officials declined to comment Thursday.

EEOC attorney Barbara Seely says the lawsuit seeks back pay for the fired worker, reinstatement of the other staffer to her previous position, plus compensatory and punitive damages.