The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has settled a sexual harassment lawsuit against Fry’s Electronics Inc., a software and electronics retailer based in California. The EEOC claims that a store manager at a location in Renton, Washington, harassed female employee America Rios. Fry’s has agreed to settle the case for $2.3 million.
“This seven-year settlement, among the highest EEOC settlements ever on a per-client basis, follows court-ordered sanctions including a penalty of $100,000 due to Fry’s abusive discovery tactics which included destroying relevant evidence and filing frivolous motions,” said EEOC attorney P. David Lopez. “This case should send a clear message that sexual harassment of vulnerable employees remains a serious problem in this country, as is employer retaliation against those who report harassment.”
The manager would frequently send sexually charged text messages to Rios. The court ordered Fry’s to implement training and steps to avoid this in the future. Please contact our firm for a free consultation if you have experienced this kind of behavior for a free consultation.
Kesluk, Silverstein & Jacob—Los Angeles sexual harassment attorneys.