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Cluelessness at WirelessCom costs big settlement

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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 management, 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.

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