South Loop Club Settles EEOC Sexual Harassment and Retaliation Suit for $100,000
South Loop Club, a bar and grill located in Chicago, Illinois, has agreed to pay $100,000 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 South Loop Club failed to address sexual harassment complaints and retaliated against the female employees who reported the harassment.
In addition to the monetary relief, South Loop Club will implement new harassment and retaliation policies and provide employees with training to prevent harassment in the future; report all sex or gender harassment and retaliation to the EEOC; and not retaliate against employees who received monetary relief for speaking about the facts of the case.
"This case is a reminder that federal law protects women working in bars from sexual harassment as much as women working in high-end business environments," said John Rowe, the EEOC district director in Chicago. "It doesn't matter whether your collar is blue, pink or white -- sexual harassment is illegal, and the EEOC will combat it."
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