SunTrust faces a federal sexual harassment lawsuit after three women who worked at the bank’s Sarasota Gulf Gate branch accused a manager of inappropriate touching and making lewd and unwelcome comments about their anatomy, sex lives and dating habits.
At one point, the manager allegedly suggested that one of the women should don a swimsuit to attract customers.
The women said they complained to SunTrustand HR, but the bank refused to investigate their allegations. Then they filed complaints with the EEOC. After conciliation efforts failed, the EEOC sued on the women’s behalf. Barring a settlement, the case will go before a federal jury.
Note: Make sure you investigate every sexual harassment complaint. Thoroughly document your entire investigation (and any resulting discipline) so you can show state and federal authorities that you take such complaints seriously.
- Saving grace: Hostile environment in one area can't prove discrimination companywide
- No evaluations? You could be called 'Out!'
- Focus on ability to perform duties if you worry worker may have mental or emotional problems
- Vanguard settles Charlotte race bias case for $300,000
- To bury age discrimination, track decision-makers' ages, too