Restaurant Pays $160K to Settle Sexual Harassment Suit for Manager Harassment

The managerial chain of command was the weak link at Red Lobster’s restaurant in Salisbury, Maryland, when it came to sexual harassment, according to a Title VII lawsuit filed by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

According to the EEOC, the restaurant’s culinary manager sexually harassed three female employees, “including pressing his groin against them, grabbing and groping them,” and making sexually offensive comments.

The employees complained to the general manager about the culinary manager’s conduct, but instead of putting an end to his behavior, he too had a history of participating in such conduct, the EEOC said.

Add it all up and the company wouldn’t have had much of a defense to the sexual harassment charges–which may be why it settled the lawsuit for $160,000.

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