A woman who once worked as a field engineer for oil-field services giant Schlumberger has filed a $100 million lawsuit against the company claiming that a male coworker allegedly told others it would be OK for them to break into her bedroom and sexually assault her.
The former worker, Sara Saidman, filed the lawsuit Tuesday in federal court in Houston.
Schlumberger officials said they have not been served with the lawsuit but Saidman alleges that the company does not protect women in the field and routinely dismisses sexual harassment claims as “just oil field talk” or “a joke.”
Saidman was 21 when she began working for Schlumberger as a field engineer at oil rigs across the United States in May 2016.
Among other incidents, Saidman claims that at one rig in Texas, she was forced to share a bedroom with a male roommate who allegedly told other male coworkers to break into her bedroom while she was sleeping and ignore her if she resisted sexual advances.
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