According to Buffalo Grove Countryside, a Buffalo Grove telemarketing and small business consulting firm agreed to pay $8 million to 82 female employees who suffered sexual harassment a decade ago. International Profit Associates settled with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission over its past treatment of female employees. The EEOC is a federal agency that enforces labor laws as well as those prohibiting sexual harassment.
The lawsuit was originally filed in 2001 in Chicago as a violation of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The women claimed International Profit Associates’ supervisors engaged in a systematic pattern of sexual assaults, propositions, inappropriate touching and crude sexual comments.
The EEOC accused the company of intentionally filing frivolous motions to delay the outcome. It took 10 years of court battles but the EEOC says it will not tolerate any sexual harassment in the workplace.
The plaintiff’s attorney says that some women felt there would be no end to this case. The women feel happy, vindicated and hope this settlement changes the way of the company. IPA released a statement saying it has received no other complaints since the original claims and feel the company has a different atmosphere. The company promises to not tolerate or condone sexual harassment.
IPA has already deposited $2.5 million into the settlement fund, of which each women is expected to receive about $100,000. The company has also agreed to pay for a pair of compliance monitors, and firmly believes it is now in compliance with the EEOC.