Former Tech football players' company to pay $1 million in sexua

Former Tech football players' company to pay $1 million in sexual harassment lawsuit

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A federal jury in Midland ordered an Odessa-based oil field services company, owned by two former Texas Tech football players, to pay more than $1 million in a sexual harassment and pregnancy discrimination lawsuit Thursday.

Brinkerhoff Inspection, Inc. was owned by former Tech linebacker Bront Bird and former quarterback Steven "Sticks" Sheffield at the time of the lawsuit's filing.

The plaintiff, Sara Roberts, claimed she was fired four days into her employment after she rejected sexual advances from the company's personnel manager, Keith Demby. She also claimed she disclosed her pregnancy during the job interview process in response to Demby's questions, and said the company fired her after she reported getting married.

Jurors agreed unanimously the company sexually discriminated against Roberts, and she was a victim of sexual harassment. Roberts's attorney said the jury sends a message to oil field workers and companies, and advised businesses to carefully review their practices.

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