Employer to Pay $20K to Victim of Sexual Harassment, Retaliation, EEOC Announces

Workplace harassment makes up about 30 percent of all charges filed with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, EEOC commission Chair Jenny Yang said last week in a public meeting on finding ways to prevent harassment from occurring.

Meanwhile, the work of eradicating harassment proceeds case by case. The latest example occurred today, when the EEOC announced that a Detroit-based automotive wheel and accessory store chain has agreed to pay $20,000 to settle charges of sexual harassment and retaliation against a female employee.

Specifically, the EEOC said that Hot Wheel City had subjected the female employee to a sexually hostile environment by a male co-worker. The EEOC also charged that the employee reported the sexual harassment and was thereafter fired in retaliation for complaining.

Take these words to heart if you should find yourself staring at a sexual harassment charge or lawsuit:

“Hot Wheel City has committed to making significant changes that should be beneficial to current and future employees as well as the company,” said EEOC attorney Nedra Campbell. “The company should be commended for resolving this case at this juncture-well before trial.”
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