Three current and former female bartenders who complained of sexual harassment on the job at an Elks Club in Southern Illinois will split a $107,500 settlement.
Three board members at Elks Lodge No. 954 in Jerseyville were accused of propositioning and sexually touching the women. When they complained, the women were moved to less desirable shifts.
Eventually, one woman, Jackie Davidson, was terminated. A second complainant, Vicki Vickers, found the situation so intolerable she resigned. Davidson, Vickers and Elizabeth Stemm will share in the settlement.
The Elks Club admitted no wrongdoing, but agreed to a three-year consent decree under which managers and supervisors will undergo sexual harassment training. The club must also notify the EEOC of any sexual harassment complaints.
Note: Always have an avenue open for employees to voice sexual harassment complaints regardless of who the accused harasser is. Conduct quick, thorough and fair investigations and resolve the matter quickly. Do not penalize co-workers for complaining or testifying about harassing behavior.
- Personnel files: Organize your paper trail to minimize legal risks
- Attorney-client privilege: It does apply when e-mailing from work
- Seek legal assistance when negotiating contract terms with union
- Dozing at desk? Hold your fire; consider ADA
- Firing employee? Require the presence of at least 2 managers during discharge meeting