Mother of 21-Year-Old Pregnant Woman, Murdered and Raped by Her Supervisor, Sues Home Depot Claiming That the Victim Repeatedly Complained About Sexual Harassment
How much responsibility does a company bear for the crimes of its employees? One mother feels that Home Depot could have prevented the murder of her daughter, and is suing them to prove it.
Alisha Bromfield was nearly seven months pregnant in August 2012 when she was murdered by Brian Cooper at a wedding.
The victim’s mother, Sherry Anicich, filed a lawsuit Monday accusing Home Depot and Grand Flower Growers of failing to notice ‘a pattern of misconduct and violent tendencies’ in Cooper.
The 37-year-old, who was Alisha Bromfield’s boss, failed to take part in anger management counseling required by Grand Flower Growers, according to court filings cited by Courthouse News Service.
The lawsuit claims that the man was known to be ’emotionally unstable and violent,’ at times hurling items at employees.
Last month, Cooper was sentenced to two consecutive life terms without parole after being convicted in May of two counts of first-degree intentional homicide.
… According to the lawsuit filed in Cook County Court by Bromfield’s mother, her daughter was hired in 2006 as a merchandiser for Grand Flower Growers, a Wisconsin company that supplied blooms to Home Depot stores throughout Illinois.
Cooper also worked for Grand, but according to Sherry Anicich, Home Depot was in charge of ensuring the safety of its grower’s staff.
‘Home Depot knew or reasonably should have been aware of this pattern of misconduct and violent tendencies on its premises, since Cooper would publicly decry Alisha as a ‘whore’ and ‘slut’ and had been known to throw items at employees,’ the lawsuit states.
Court filings indicate that Ms Bromfield repeatedly complained to Grand management about Cooper’s unwelcome sexual advances, but her words allegedly fell on deaf ears.
In her suit, Mrs Anicich alleges that her daughter’s complaints were not only ignored, but her managers even arranged for Cooper to be alone with Alisha.
Home Depot should have fired Cooper, yes, but does that make them responsible for the death of Alisha Bromfield? It seems like it will be hard to prove that, considering that while the two worked together, Bromfield wasn’t killed at work, and she willingly went to a wedding she presumably knew Cooper would be attending. What could Home Depot have done to prevent that?