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Icelandic firm must turn down Chicago harassment heat

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in Discrimination and Harassment,Human Resources

Promens Plastics has agreed to settle an EEOC sexual harassment and discrimination lawsuit stemming from a five-year-old complaint.

Four female employees who worked in the plastics-forming company’s Chicago factory will split the $225,000 settlement payment. The EEOC lawsuit, filed in 2010, alleged that starting in 2007, a supervisor sexually harassed the four women by propositioning them. When they refused his advances, the women say, he fired them. The supervisor was eventually fired.

The lawsuit also claimed Promens, based in Iceland, denied them promotions to higher-paying jobs that were allegedly reserved for men only.

Promens no longer operates the Chicago plant where the women worked. However, if it returns in the next three years, the settlement calls for the company to institute anti-­sexual harassment and discrimination training for supervisors.

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