The EEOC is suing Hurricane Grill and Wings in Royal Palm Beach after female employees detailed persistent sexual harassment by a local deputy sheriff. According to the complaint, the deputy frequently grabbed the women’s breasts and buttocks and asked if they would like to join him and his wife in group sex.
The servers complained to restaurant, but allege that no one took any action to rein in the deputy. The servers then filed a complaint with the EEOC, which tried unsuccessfully to mediate the dispute.
Note: Employers must provide a harassment-free workplace for workers—even if it means offending a customer. Failing to do so can mean big liability. Plus, some of the actions alleged here could actually be crimes, meaning even greater liability for employer inaction. Investigate all harassment complaints quickly and professionally.
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