The EEOC has filed suit against the owner of Seapod Pawnbrokers, a chain of pawnshops in Brooklyn and Queens. The owner allegedly made disparaging remarks to his largely Hispanic female employees.
He reportedly referred to them as his “Seapod bitches” and would ask them for intimate sexual details. Additionally, he referred to them as his “whipping slaves,” often asking them to dance for him or rub his belly. When employees complained of the behavior, they were typically fired, resulting in several of them filing complaints with the EEOC.
The EEOC attempted to resolve the dispute through its conciliation process, but those efforts failed. The EEOC has now filed suit seeking money for the affected workers and injunctive relief to prevent further discrimination.
Note: Even sole proprietors must obey the law. You may think you are running a plantation with “whipping slaves,” but the EEOC’s whip will come down on you.