Women sue Ford for harassment at Chicago plant, automaker says it takes reports seriously

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Several female workers at Ford Motor Co.'s Chicago assembly plant have filed a lawsuit against the automaker alleging sexual harassment and discrimination.

The women claim male co-workers, managers and supervisors would target them if they complained about propositions and inappropriate conduct.

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In announcing the lawsuit Monday, plaintiff Christie Van said working at the plant has been "a total nightmare."

The lawsuit is the not the first of its kind concerning the plant. A 1999 class action lawsuit alleging sexual harassment was settled and a monitor appointed.

Plaintiff's attorney Keith Hunt says once the monitor left, there was no protection for women workers.

Ford issued a statement claiming it is proud to be an equal opportunity employer, It added that it takes reports of harassment and discrimination seriously.