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EEOC complaint filed against county flushed


COLDSPRING – A discrimination suit filed against San Jacinto County last year over the use of bathroom facilities has been dismissed by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). According to the EEOC, an investigation into allegations made by Theron Runnels, a county employee in the San Jacinto County Tax Assessor- Collector's office, "was unable to conclude that the information obtained establishes violations of the EEOC statutes." Runnels claims in the suit that he was denied the use of the only employee restroom. "I am made to use the public restroom, which always has heavy traffic and seems to need the attention of housekeeping," Runnels stated in his complaint dated last July. "Prior to the denial, there was an inside lock on the door and the bathroom contained only one stall. To accommodate three female auditors that moved to the building, Judge Fritz Faulkner had the restroom remodeled to three stalls and removed the inside lock, issued the female staff a key and denied my use of the key I currently had." Runnels went on to state in his complaint to the EEOC, "Judge Faulkner said that it defeats the purpose of remodeling to allow me use of the bathroom. He semi-threatened my reputation by stating that if I complained about the bathroom situation he would inform all the female staff that because of me, they would not be allowed a private restroom, therefore they all would hate me." Runnels stated that he believes he is being subjected to discrimination because of his sex, male, in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended. Runnels has 90 days in which to file a federal lawsuit if he wishes to pursue the matter further. Last week Runnels said he has no plans to go any further with the matter. "I was trying to see what is fair. I thought all employees are to be treated the same, but apparently not," he said.


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