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Lexington diner pays to settle harassment and retaliation suit

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in Discrimination and Harassment,Human Resources

The Silver Diner in Lexington will pay $25,000 to a former waitress to settle claims she was sexually har­­assed by one of the diner’s owners. She claimed when she complained to other owners, her hours were cut. Ulti­­mately, the owners tired of her complaints and terminated her.

She filed a complaint with the EEOC describing the owner’s actions. She said he made comments about her appearance, told her to dump her boyfriend if she wanted a promotion, rubbed up against her and grabbed her.

According to her complaint, she was fired when she pointed out she was working fewer hours than any other waitress in the restaurant.

In addition to paying the waitress, the diner signed a five-year consent de­­cree mandating annual anti-harassment training. It must also issue a new anti-harassment policy.

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