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Tampa travel agencies sued for sexually hostile workplace

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in Discrimination and Harassment,Human Resources

Four Amigos Travel and Top Dog Travel are facing a class-action lawsuit after the EEOC stepped in on behalf of telemarketers who accused the Tampa-based companies of condoning sexual harassment.

About 200 call-center employees, mostly women, work for the travel agencies. According to the lawsuit, several male supervisors held daily, sexually charged sales meetings, raised sexually explicit discussions and frequently propositioned female workers for sex.

The harassment allegedly included inappropriate touching, supervisors touching their own private parts while speaking to the women and, in one case, a supervisor photographed his genitals and showed the picture to female employees while asking, “Im­pres­sive, aren’t I?”

Apparently, he made the wrong impression, because the women went straight to the EEOC after the companies failed to address the situation.

Note: A high school locker-room culture has no place in an adult, professional workplace. Employers that encourage or allow such behavior risk years of litigation.

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