According to the OPB News, three former Fred Meyer employees have filed a class action lawsuit against the company over sexual harassment allegations. The Equal Opportunity Employment Commission filed the lawsuit on behalf of the plaintiffs. The EEOC says there is little questions at this point that a Fred Meyer customer repeatedly groped plaintiff Laura Morrow and other workers at the store.
Charles Janac was convicted in December of 2009 of criminal charges that were filed by the plaintiff and other employees. Janac was convicted on two counts of sexual abuse in the third degree.
The EEOC decided to pursue the lawsuit over allegations that store managers failed to talk to the women to get details of the incidents of sexual harassment. The lawsuit also claims that managers instructed workers to go on serving the customer. Janac visited the store almost daily and often several times a day since 2007. He would pull women onto his lap as they walked past to punch in at the employee time clock. He would also rub up against females. The EEOC says that the female workers made numerous complaints to the management but they always excused the customer’s offensive behavior and types of sexual harassment. The store received almost daily complaints about the same customer reportedly touching and groping female employees.
Kesluk, Silverstein & Jacob – Los Angeles employment attorney