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Serial harasser moved … and brought harassment with him

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Dillard’s, the Arkansas-based department store chain, has agreed to pay $500,000 to settle an EEOC lawsuit on behalf of 12 female former employees who were sexually harassed by an assistant store manager in two states.

The lawsuit alleged Scott McGinness sexually harassed employees at its store in Palmdale, Calif. Instead of stopping the misconduct, Dillard’s transferred McGinness to a managerial position in its Westminster, Colo., store without notifying staff in the new store about McGinness’ history.

When a female associate in Westminster complained that McGinness inappropriately touched her, McGinness received a verbal warning. Ten months later, McGinness physically and verbally sexually harassed an 18-year-old high school senior, who contacted Westminster police. Only then did Dillard’s finally fire him.

Ketty Lopez, a plaintiff from the Palmdale store, said, “No one seemed to care. But the EEOC made them care.”

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