It is very important for employers to take all proper steps to ensure that their employees are not subjected to sexual harassment in the workplace. This includes making sure to respond properly to sexual harassment complaints made by employees. No employee should have to worry that they will be sexually harassed at their place of work.
The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission alleged that a general manager at the hotel sexually harassed the three women. Allegedly, the alleged harassment included unwanted advances, inappropriate sexual remarks and improper touching. According to the EEOC, the alleged harassment created a hostile work environment for the three women.
Reportedly, one of the three women complained to the hotel about this alleged harassment. The EEOC alleged that the hotel failed to take proper steps in response to these complaints.
After the woman made her complaints, she was fired. This firing reportedly was made by the general manager the harassment allegations were against. The EEOC claimed that this firing was retaliatory.
In connection to the above allegations, the EEOC brought a lawsuit in a federal court in South Carolina against a pair of companies which operate and manage the hotel. Recently, the EEOC and the two companies reached a settlement in regards to this lawsuit. Reportedly, under the terms of this settlement, the two companies will make a monetary payment. The two companies have also reportedly agreed to take certain steps aimed at preventing workplace sexual harassment.
Sexual harassment like that which was alleged in this recently settled case can be very harmful to employees. Thus, one hopes that all employers make sure to take all proper steps to protect their employees from sexual harassment.