La Rana Hawaii, LLC, doing business as Señor Frog’s, settles a sexual harassment lawsuit for $350,000. The discrimination lawsuit was filed by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC“) on behalf of 13 female employees. So even though this case settled for a large amount, there were many employees who shared in the settlement. According to published accounts, the females were allegedly sexually harassed or retaliated against between during a five-year period. Retaliation is a legal term and it occurs when an employee has a negative job action taken against her because she either rejects sexual harassment or reports it.
The lawsuit alleged that even members of management engaged in the harassment. The harassment included sexual language, touching and attempts at sex. When you have such a wide-spread environment that treats females this way it is always going to end bad for the company. The company ended up paying a large sum of money because they didn’t properly train and manage their employees. The company has a duty to ensure a discrimination free workplace for all employees. This case should act as a wake-up call to all employers.
“Our young workers are all too often the targets of the most insidious forms of sexual harassment, which can spread like wildfire at work.” said EEOC attorney Anna Y. Park