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Fired worker sues, claims sex harassment

By JAMIE MALERNEE

© St. Petersburg Times, published June 24, 2000


A Port Richey woman is suing Home Depot, alleging that she was fired after rejecting the advances of two supervisors at the company's Spring Hill store.

Tamara Denise Spiller, 34, says she was repeatedly asked by the men to meet them at bars and hotels to "hook up" with them and also was told she should wear short skirts to work, according to the lawsuit, filed Thursday in Hernando Circuit Court.

Spiller also accuses Kevin Thieryung, the former store manager at the store on Commercial Way, of showing up uninvited at her house several times.

And on May 13, 1999, she says, her boss in the garden center, Troy Arcidiacano, cornered her and demanded sex. Spiller refused and was fired the next day for "time card abuse," the suit states.

Current store manager Karl Powell declined comment Friday other than to say Thieryung no longer works at the Spring Hill location.

"I'm not familiar with the case, so it wouldn't be fair to comment on it," Powell said.

Arcidiacano, who still works in the garden center, also declined comment, as did officials at Home Depot's district headquarters in Atlanta. They confirmed that Thieryung no longer works for the company, however.

In addition to being fired, the single mother alleges that her two bosses held her up to ridicule in front of other employees, bragging that she had agreed to sleep with them and later spreading lies about why she was terminated.

Spiller is asking for more than $15,000 in damages for sexual harassment, negligence in hiring and retention, defamation, false imprisonment, assault, invasion of privacy and intentional infliction of emotional distress.

The charges of false imprisonment stem from the alleged incident when Spiller was cornered. Records show Spiller never filed a criminal complaint with Hernando County sheriff's officials.

The suit does not indicate whether Spiller ever filed a formal complaint against the men while employed at the Spring Hill store.

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