A North Carolina hotelcompany finds itself exposed to legal liability because the manager of a South Carolina hotel allegedly exposed himself to female employees.
Women who work at the Holiday Inn Express in Simpsonville, S.C., claim the hotel’s general manager twice exposed himself, made sexual comments and advances, and inappropriately touched them.
When they reported the incidents to the corporate offices of Imperial Investments Group Inc., based in Greenville, N.C., the manager denied the charges the same day.
The company promptly ended its investigation.
Then the general manager fired one of the women, a move she told the EEOC came in retaliation for complaining. The EEOC found enough merit in the women’s claims to sue on their behalf.
The lawsuit against Imperial Investments seeks back pay, compensatory damages and punitive damages for a class of female hotel employees.
Note: Always take sexual harassment investigations seriously. Whitewash investigations—that’s what this one looks like—only deepen resentment among employees. Firing employees who complain almost certainly guarantees a lawsuit.