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Health insurer pays $1.8 million to settle sex harassment suit

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United HealthCare of Florida has settled for $1.8 million in a same-sex harassment and retaliation lawsuit involving a former regional vice president. A male senior account executive in the company’s Sunrise office claimed he was subjected to verbal sexual harassment by a male vice president.

The account exec alleged that when he complained, he was disciplined and denied stock options and commissions. He even appealed for help from parent company United HealthGroup, but received none. Ultimately he quit because of the retaliation, and sued.

As part of the settlement, United HealthCare must distribute a new anti-harassment policy to all its Florida employees, provide anti-harassment training and report to the EEOC twice a year.

United HealthCare has denied the allegations.

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