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EEOC sues over strip searches at Winder restaurant

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in Compensation and Benefits,Human Resources

The EEOC has filed a lawsuit on behalf of three black employees who say they were strip-searched at a Krystal restaurant in Winder after $100 disappeared from a white employee’s cash register.

The lawsuit alleges a male worker was allegedly ordered to remove all his clothing in the back of the store while the general manager watched. Two female workers reportedly were taken to the restroom and told to strip down to their underwear. The white employee was not searched, and the money was never found.

When the three workers complained, they were fired, the lawsuit says.

“I’ve been doing this a long time and I’ve never seen anything like this,” said Robert Dawkins, regional attorney for the EEOC in Atlanta.

Midgeville-based New Capital Dimensions, which owned the restaurant at the time of the incident, has denied any wrongdoing.

Advice: If the allegations made in this case are true, the company’s response was disastrous. When employees do something wrong, the best response is to discipline those involved and make amends with those who were offended as quickly as possible.

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