The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has ruled that Prospect Air Services, Inc. must take measures to prevent the sexual harassment of its employees, according to sources. Prospect Air recently settled a lawsuit stemming from incidents in 2002. A male worker claimed that a female coworker was sexually harassing him, even after he made it clear that her advances were not welcome. The advances only ended when the man resigned in 2003.
The man initially filed a complaint with the EEOC in 2005 and eventually a lawsuit. In 2010, Prospect Air agreed to pay the man $75,000 as a settlement for the lawsuit. However, Prospect Air refused to agree to implement procedures to prevent sexual harassment in the future as part of the settlement. The EEOC declared that Prospect Air must put programs in place to prevent sexual harassment in the future.
“Sixteen percent of all sexual harassment charges at the EEOC last year were filed by men,” said Las Vegas EEOC director Adriana Lopez. “The law protects both men and women from sexual harassment at work, and it is the employer’s obligation to actively prevent and correct such problems as they arise in the workplace.”
What good is settling this lawsuit if a company does not agree to prevent this type of behavior in the future?
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