In Virginia, a Family Dollar store was singled out when the Store Manager groped and then propositioned a female employee for sex. The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) sued the store for sexual harassment and the store has agreed to pay $45,000 to settle the suit. According to the complaint, EEOC alleged that Chanele Brown was sexually harassed by her male store manager at the Family Dollar in Richmond, Virginia, where she worked as a customer services representative for Family Dollar from August 18 through September 5, 2009. Family Dollar agreed to give each employee a copy of the company’s anti-discrimination policies and complaint procedures, as well as provide training to managers and employees regarding these issues. See:

Issues of sexual harassment are governed by Title VII of the Civil Rights Act. As well as by state-level sexual harassment statutes which prohibit sexual harassment to and provide victims with a means to pursue justice. Sexual harassment can occur in one of two ways: Quid pro quo harassment or Hostile work environment. A hostile work environment involves repeated behavior that is abusive or offensive, or that interferes or alters the victims’ ability to perform their job.

Employers that foster or allow these conditions to continue can be found liable for the conduct of the offending employees. For more information, see:

The lawyers at Leeds Morelli and Brown strive to successful judgments for their clients, including any former employees or recently fired workers who have been sexually harassed in the workplace. If you or someone you know has been faced with sexual discrimination or sexual harassment, please contact the office of Leeds Brown Law, PC, 1-888-5-JOBLAW, One Old Country Road, Suite 347, Carle Place, NY, 11514-1851.