WirelessCom, a small San Jose reseller of phone services, will pay $97,000 to settle a sexual harassment complaint filed by a then-19-year-old employee. She accused a co-worker of persistently making offensive sexual comments and sending a string of unsolicited texts and photos.
She complained to WirelessCom, but the company never investigated. Bad move.
She filed charges with the EEOC, which did investigate. Then the commission filed suit on the young woman’s behalf.
Under a three-year consent decree, WirelessCom will hire an equal employment opportunity consultant and an HR consultant to revise its EEO policies. The settlement agreement requires the company to train employees about anti-harassment laws. It must also report any future harassment complaints directly to the EEOC.
Note: Even small companies have an obligation to investigate and address sexual harassment complaints.