Hal Leonard Publishing Company pays $150,000 to a class of female employees to settle a sexual harassment lawsuit. The sexual harassment lawsuit was filed by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC“). According to details published in court documents, women were subjected to unwelcome grabbing and squeezing while at work. This sexual harassment was performed by co-workers. Because it did not involve a manager, sexual harassment liability will not attach until the women complained. Once they complain the company has an obligation to stop the harassment and do an investigation.
The women complained multiple times to management but the sexual harassment did not stop. In this case it looks like management decided that looking the other way was how they would handle the sexual harassment complaints. Of course they made a mistake by doing that. After paying this large amount of money I am sure they will act differently in the future. The EEOC was able to force the company to their senses. I am glad the female employees hung in there.
“An employer who has a sexual harassment policy on paper but fails to enforce it is placing itself at great risk. “Employers need to take sexual harassment allegations seriously. We are pleased that Hal Leonard worked cooperatively with us to resolve this charge without having to go through protracted litigation.” said EEOC attorney Julie Schmid.