South County Support Services and its sister company, Southwest Transportation Agency, have agreed to settle EEOC sexual harassment and retaliation charges leveled by a former employee.
A former administrative assistant at the companies, located in the Fresno area, claimed her supervisor harassed her so constantly and severely that she eventually sought and received a restraining order against him. When she filed an EEOC harassment complaint, she says the company retaliated by firing her.
An EEOC investigation determined that the woman’s harassment complaints were credible. That’s when the companies voluntarily agreed to settle the complaint without litigation.
Under the three-year settlement agreement, the companies will pay the former employee $89,691. They will also hire an equal employment opportunity consultant to train supervisors about sexual harassment and monitor compliance with the conciliation agreement.