Mechanic sues Fisher team for alleged harassment

INDIANAPOLIS - A former mechanic for Sarah Fisher/Hartman Racing says in a lawsuit that he was fired after he complained that a crewmate was sexually harassing him.

Scotty Merryman filed the lawsuit Friday in federal court in Indianapolis.

The complaint says the team allowed another crewmember to sexually harass Merryman physically and verbally while he was employed from January 2011 to July 2012. Merryman is suing the team for alleged sex discrimination, religion discrimination and retaliation.

The lawsuit said Merryman's supervisor knew he was a Christian and taunted him about his sex life.

Merryman says after he complained to management he was fired due to the "chemistry" between him and the other man.

He worked for the company for a year and a half before his termination. He said he was fired shortly after complaining.

Merryman said he has worked on IndyCars since 1997.

"Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing does not comment on any litigation. Any information will be dispensed by Faegre Baker Daniels LLP," said a Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing spokeswoman in a statement.

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