Lafayette Colleg pays $1,000,000 to settle a sexual harassment lawsuit filed by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission ("EEOC") on behalf of five female employees. According to the lawsuit, the college’s supervisor in charge of “loss prevention” engaged in repeated and unwelcome sexual harassment of the women in the public safety department. The supervisor allegedly kissed the women and made hand gestures about sex acts he wanted them to perform.
Probably the most damaging evidence was that he e-mailed pornography and sexually explicit materials to the women. Email is turning out to be the best evidence because it is very hard to deny and it is something you can put in front of a jury and it is self explainatory. Colleges and employers would be wise to step up their sexual harassment and discrimination training to all employees to ensure this type of behavior does not happen. You can see how costly this type of behavior is.
“No one should have to endure the abuse these women faced at work,” said EEOC Chair Jacqueline A. Berrien. “This significant settlement shows that the EEOC will insist on meaningful relief for workers who are victims of harassment.”