In Tennessee, an Italian eatery named Rafael’s Italian Restaurant has been sued by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) for violating federal law. As a result, the restaurant agreed to pay $25,000 and institute other relief. According to the lawsuit, the restaurant subjected a class of female employees to sexual harassment which date back to 2005. The lawsuit explained that male kitchen workers subjected female employees, who were teenagers that the time, to sexual harassment. The harassment included crude comments, as well as requests for sex and physical touching. After the women complained, the restaurant’s management ignored the problem. In addition to monetary relief, the Restaurant has agreed to prevent further discrimination from happening, to hold annual training on employee rights, and to maintain records of sexual harassment complaints and to provide those annual reports to the EEOC. Read more here.
Title VII of the Civil Rights Act and many state-level anti-discrimination and sexual harassment statutes prohibit sexual harassment in the workplace. There are two common types of sexual harassment: quid pro quo harassment and hostile work environment. A hostile work environment typically involves repeated behavior that is abusive or offensive, or that interferes or alters the victims’ ability to perform their job. Employers that foster or otherwise allow these conditions to continue can be found liable for the conduct of the offending employees.
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