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Erie, Pa. restaurant settles harassment case for $20,000

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Outrageous behavior by a co-owner of Ricardo’s Restaurant in Erie has cost the establishment $20,000. The EEOC reports that it has settled sexual harassment complaints filed by one of the restaurant’s former employees.

According to the EEOC, the co-owner constantly spoke about sex and frequently touched female em­­ployees in suggestive ways. The former em­­ployee had asked other owners to rein in the partner, but those complaints were ignored. Eventually, she quit.

Then she filed a complaint with the EEOC, and the restaurant eventually agreed to settle the matter.

Although the $20,000 ­dollar amount is modest, the EEOC in­­sisted on significant injunctive relief:  For five years, Ricardo’s must retain a qualified equal employment opportunity consultant to provide anti-harassment training to all personnel associated with the restaurant.

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