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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- Conduct age audit to show you don't favor young workers
- No federal gay-Bias law, but take note of state, Local rules
- React fast, firmly to harassment; courts will reward your judgment
- Track complaints, punishment by protected characteristics