Seapod Pawnshops, with stores in Brooklyn and Queens, will pay $300,000 and sever ties with a former owner to settle sexual and racial harassment charges. Employees alleged that the former owner harassed them because of their sex, race and ethnicity.
The man allegedly referred to his largely female Hispanic workforce as his “Seapod bitches” and called workers “whipping slaves.” According to the workers filing the complaints, he often disparaged black customers, calling them “black bastards” and claiming the store smelled bad because “the monkeys are coming in.”
Under the four-year consent decree, all contact between current owners and their former partner is barred. The man is not allowed to enter the stores or have contact with employees.
Seapod also agreed to implement a new anti-harassment policy that provides employees with avenues to file complaints and will train all managers and supervisors on how to comply with the new policy.