It is very important for employers to take all proper steps to ensure that their employees are not subjected to workplace sexual harassment. This includes making sure to respond properly to sexual harassment complaints made by employees. No employee should have to face sexual harassment at work.
According to the EEOC, a male cook at the restaurant committed sexually harassing conduct against the women. Reportedly, the cook's alleged conduct included grabbing the women's breasts and making inappropriate sexual comments towards the women.
Reportedly, some of the women complained to the restaurant about the alleged harassment. The EEOC claimed that the restaurant failed to take proper actions in response to these complaints. The EEOC further alleged that the restaurant engaged in retaliatory firings against some of the women who made complaints.
A lawsuit was brought by the EEOC against the restaurant in connection to these allegations. Recently, the EEOC and the restaurant settled this lawsuit. Under the terms of this settlement, the restaurant will provide anti-discrimination/anti-harassment training and make a monetary payment.
As the allegations that were made in this recently settled case underscore, sexual harassment in the workplace can be very harmful to employees. Thus, one hopes that employers are held accountable when they engage in conduct like that alleged in this case. One also hopes that all employers take all proper steps to protect their employees from sexual harassment.
Source: U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, "New Pine Ridge Restaurant to Pay $41,000 to Settle EEOC Sexual Harassment and Retaliation Suit," Jan. 17, 2013
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