Chicago, IL– Ford Motor Company has a asked a judge to dismiss the sexual harassment suit filed by nearly three dozen women who alleged they were subjected to a hostile work environment at one of the automakers factories in Chicago.

In an over 400-page court filing, attorneys for the automaker asked a judge to dismiss the case listing a host of reasons why they believe the case should not be allowed to proceed, according to NWI.com. For one, Ford claims that the complainants’ case should be thrown out because they failed to file their complaint while the company was in bankruptcy.

In a sexual harassment suit, thirty-three women working at Ford factories in the Chicago-area alleged they were subjected to widespread sexual misconduct and retaliation. According to the lawsuit the plaintiffs were subjected to inappropriate comments, unwanted sexual advances and unwanted massages. NWI.com reports that some of their male coworkers shared images of female genitalia and sexual assaults with some of the plaintiffs.

The class-action lawsuit also alleges that Ford “turned a blind eye” to the workplace discrimination and even retaliated against some of the workers. Some of the women were warned not to continue complaining about the harassment and lewd comments.

The women also allege that men working at the plant were offered paid days off they hadn’t earned and were paid overtime they didn’t work, but they were denied the same privileges.

Lawyers representing Ford also state the case should be dismissed because being transferred did not qualify as adverse actions. It is important to note that in some cases, employment law courts do consider transferring an employee from one department or location to another as retaliatory. The lawsuit also alleges that the plaintiffs are not able to prove they were subjected to retaliation, according to NWI.com.

The aspects of this case are similar to the thousands of complaints filed across the U.S. each year. Employees tell their supervisors they are being sexually harassed but their bosses take no corrective actions and the targets are forced to deal with this abusive behavior for months, sometimes years. Even if they do speak up, they take the risk of being punished or even worse, fired. For these reasons, an employee in a hostile work environment should contact a sexual harassment attorney in Illinois to protect them from retaliation and ensure they get the compensation they deserve.

If you have been subjected to sexual harassment or other forms of workplace discrimination, you need to know that you have the right to seek compensation for the abuse your endured and any wages lost as a result of your abuse. When you want the best employment law attorney working in your case, let USAttorneys connect you with a lawyer in your area. They will look at the facts of your case and if they think its solid, our sexual harassment attorneys will launch an investigation and craft a strong claim on your behalf.