Carrolls Corp. Agrees to Pay $2.5 Million to Settle EEOC Sexual Harassment and Retaliation Suit
The largest Burger King franchisee, Carrols Corporation, has agreed to pay $2.5 million to settle a suit filed by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) that alleged sexual harassment and retaliation in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The EEOC alleged that 89 female employees, some of whom were teenagers, were subjected to sexual harassment at Burger King locations in the Northeast, Southeast and Midwest. The alleged harassment ranged from inappropriate comments to unwanted touching and rape. When the women reported the harassment, Carrols failed to stop the harassment, cut the hours of some of the women, and fired others.
In addition to paying monetary damages to the harassed women, Carrols must improve its harassment complaint tracking and train managers to prevent or appropriately address such harassment in the future. Carrols must post signs in all of its domestic Burger King restaurants to make employees aware of the lawsuit and their rights.
General Counsel for the EEOC, P. David Lopez, said, "Although employers may have adequate anti-harassment policies on paper, they are of little value when employers fail to take positive steps to prevent or remedy harassment."
Through Youth@Work, the EEOC has begun working with young workers so they can learn about employment discrimination and their rights in the work force.
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