A Kentucky Fried Chicken franchisee will pay $277,000 to resolve sexual harassment complaints from a group of women who worked at a store in Raleigh.
The complaints allege that a male employee repeatedly touched the women in a harassing way, rubbed his body against theirs and walked into the women’s restroom when female employees were using it. The women complained to, but the franchisee never investigated.
That’s when the women took their complaints to the EEOC, which sued on their behalf.
That got the attention of the restaurant owner, Luihn Food Systems, which agreed to settle the matter. In addition to the money, a revised sexual harassment policy must be posted in the store. The company must also develop procedures for reporting and investigating sexual harassment complaints.