The EEOC is suing a Brownsville grocery store for sexual harassment after several women who work there filed complaints against the store’s head butcher. According to lawsuit documents, Country Fresh Market and Fredericktown Produce failed to address complaints that the meat department manager repeatedly made sexually suggestive remarks and touched female employees.
The EEOC also alleges that the women were threatened with termination after they complained about harassment.
After efforts to mediate the complaints failed, the EEOC filed suit on the women’s behalf, charging the store with violating Title VII of the Civil Rights Act by refusing to investigate the claims. According to the commission, that amounts to condoning harassment.
Note: Employers that try to cover up sexual harassment or retaliate against accusers only make it worse. That encourages harassers, who may come to believe they are immune to punishment. Employers must provide employees with an avenue to report harassment. Follow up on all complaints, and investigate them quickly and professionally.
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