Long Island car dealership Thomas Subaru settled with the EEOC after three women complained about a pervasive hostile work environment. All three had been terminated after complaining of unwanted touching, sexually explicit and degrading comments and pornography in the workplace.
The dealership first ignored the women’s complaints and then terminated them when they didn’t stop complaining. In effect, the EEOC said, the employees had no real recourse to counter the sexual harassment.
Under the consent decree, the employer will pay the former employees $132,250, train supervisors about handling sexual harassment complaints, develop and post a sexual harassment policy and publicize the settlement to all employees.
- How to Fire an Employee the Legal Way: 6 Termination Guidelines
- Explain why employee didn't receive training
- Supervisor's ignorance of the law isn't enough to justify punitive damages award
- Warn bosses: 'Getting even' can be retaliation
- Steer clear of blanket hiring policies that stymie disabled applicants