Manhattan’s Tavern on the Green restaurant has agreed to pay $2.2 million for “severe and pervasive sexual, racial and national origin harassment of female, black and Hispanic employees.”
The EEOC said sexual harassment at the Central Park landmark eatery included graphic comments and demands for sexual acts, as well as groping of women’s buttocks and breasts.
The EEOC’s lawsuit, filed last September, accused top of severely harassing black and Hispanic employees, sometimes addressing them as “ignorant immigrants” and ridiculing their accents. The lawsuit alleged Tavern on the Green management retaliated against workers who complained.
The EEOC asserted that the restaurant—not just one manager—was guilty of sexual harassment because it “knew or should have known of the severe and pervasive harassment, yet failed to exercise reasonable care to prevent and correct” it promptly.
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