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.