The prestigious Sparks Steak House in New York has agreed to settle a sexual harassment lawsuit filed by the US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), according to LGBTWeekly.com. According to the lawsuit, 22 male waiters were subject to harassment based on their gender, specifically at the hands of one male manager.
The misconduct includes allegations that the manager would make lewd sexual comments to the male staff members as well as make unwanted sexual advances, such as groping their buttocks. The behavior continued over an eight-year period. When the waiters filed complaints, they were given difficult work assignments as punishment or were suspended. The EEOC is seeking $600,000 for the plaintiffs, as well as for the restaurant to put procedures in place to prevent this type of harassment in the future.
“The EEOC is serious issues about upholding the law, which includes protection against same-sex harassment,” said EEOC attorney Charles F. Coleman Jr. “When an employer fails to address harassment and responds by retaliating against the victim, it compounds the violation. We believe this is a fair resolution.”
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