MKB Construction has settled charges it retaliated against an employee in El Paso after he complained of sexual harassment on the job.
The man claimed in an EEOC complaint that a male co-worker made sexual comments and pressed against him in a sexual manner on the job at one of the company’s work sites. The victim reported the harassment to a supervisor and was fired in retaliation.
After attempting to reach a settlement with MKB Construction, the EEOC filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas.
To settle the case, MKB signed a two-year consent decree under which it will pay the man $38,500, issue an anti-discrimination policy, post a notice of intent to comply with discrimination and retaliation laws and provide training for its managers, supervisors and HR staff.
Note: Remember that sexual harassment is an equal opportunity offense—it can be opposite sex or same sex and involve either men or women. The common denominator is that employers must recognize and stop it. Firing those who complain will not make it go away.