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Sexual harassment costs Rochester company $375,000

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in Discrimination and Harassment,Human Resources

American Industrial Sales Corp., a Rochester-based distributor of highway and industrial safety products, will pay $375,000 to 18 women to settle an EEOC sexual harassment lawsuit.

The EEOC charged that the company’s owner, president, vice president and members of the sales staff subjected the women to inappropriate touching, sexual advances and vulgar sexual comments. Four of the women were teenagers.

EEOC trial attorney Margaret Malloy said, “Women and girls should not have to endure sexual harassment in the workplace, and especially not from the highest levels of the corporation."

Note: Teenagers are particularly vulnerable to workplace harassment because of their inexperience. They are also less likely than adults to speak up about it. Managers working with teenagers should have specific training. In 2004, the
EEOC launched the Youth@Work campaign to help employers create positive work experiences for young workers. Visit www.eeoc.gov/initiatives/youth/index.html for more information.

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