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EEOC Sues Italian Restaurant for Failing to Correct Sexual Harassment in the Workplace

An Italian Restaurant chain in Winchester, Tennessee is now facing a sexual harassment lawsuit filed by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) before the office of the US District Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee Winchester Division.

The EEOC filed the lawsuit after learning about the sexual harassment that occurred at the restaurant’s workplace several years ago. According to the information gathered by the agency, way back on 2005, the male kitchen workers at a Tullahoma branch of the Rafael’s Italian Restaurant subjected the female employees, including minors, to rude acts of sexual harassment not only once but in repeated occurrences.

Despite the repeated complaints received by the restaurant’s management from the sexually abused women, the restaurant owners recurrently ignored them.

Once an employer failed to correct the known sexual harassment, it automatically suggests a clear violation of the Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

The restaurant agreed to pay a monetary relief of $25,000 to settle the lawsuit filed against them. Aside from the monetary fine, they are also required to abide with the EEOC’c directives such as providing an annual training to employees regarding their rights under the Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and maintaining records of sexual harassment complaints in the workplace. As always, the restaurant management shall post a notice to all employees regarding their protection against all forms of discrimination in the workplace with the agency’s contact details included.

In every sexual harassment case, particularly when there is a young employee involved, managers and immediate superiors are expected to be the first ones to act immediately in stopping the recurring harassment whether it was done by a co-worker or a customer. On the other hand, employees are also held liable for informing the manager or the superiors about the discrimination happening at the workplace. There should be cooperation between the employee and the employer in able to resolve such a case.

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