Employer Will Pay $300,000 For Sexual Harassment

  27 July 2016

An employer, Dave's Supermarket, will pay $300,000 to four women to settle a sexual harassment lawsuit filed by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC).

The EEOC alleged that a former meat department manager at a Dave's market made repeated and unwanted sexual advances to female employees, and that even though upper management was aware of his behavior, they failed to stop it. The EEOC charged that the sexual harassment included an incident during which the manager allegedly exposed himself to a newly hired female employee. The EEOC alleged that the female employee complained to upper management about the incident, but that management did not investigate or discipline the employee. Further, according to the EEOC, Dave's Supermarket eventually terminated the manager after another female employee complained that the manager sexually harassed her. In addition to the monetary amount, Dave's Supermarket must also provide mandatory training to all staff on sexual harassment and the company's obligations under Title VII, the definition of sexual harassment, how to maintain a harassment-free workplace, and a review of the laws prohibiting unlawful retaliation. EEOC Regional Attorney Debra Lawrence commented that "The decree here sends the same signal to employers that the EEOC has been sending for some time: sexual harassment is prohibited and the EEOC will move swiftly to stop itEmployers must promptly and thoroughly investigate sexual harassment complaints and must take effective steps to eliminate such harassment."...