Save-A-Lot grocery store operated by Venture, Inc. pays $325,000 to settle a class sexual harassment lawsuit brought by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC“). According to published accounts a manager employed by Venture repeatedly propositioned female employees for sex. He even offered money and benefits in exchange for sex. Not only is this a violation of civil rights laws, but it is also a crime to proposition a person for sex. The company ended up paying a large amount of money and getting embarrassed by the actions of this manager.
The manager used sexually offensive and degrading language and made graphic comments describing sex acts. This type of vulgar activity was directed at over 20 female employees. This created a sexually hostile work environment. It is hard to believe the company was not aware that this was taking place. The company has a duty to ensure a harassment-free workplace for all employees. These poor females had to ensure this type of behavior for many months. I am glad this matter was resolved and other companies should take notice and better train managers.
“There is no excuse for the sort of misconduct that was charged here — unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and degrading language – especially when directed at so many employees” said EEOC attorney Delner Franklin-Thomas