$27K Settlement in Same-Sex Harassment Suit

A reminder in an Equal Employment Opportunity Commission lawsuit that same-sex harassment is as potentially costly as when an employee hits on a co-worker of the opposite sex.

The EEOC announced today that a restaurant in California has agreed to pay $27,500 to settle a lawsuit alleging same-sex sexual harassment.

According to EEOC’s lawsuit, Salum Revilla Enterprises, L.L.C., doing business as Achiote Restaurant, subjected young, male Mexican-American workers, aged 19-21, to sexual harassment, and retaliated against one of them after he complained. The harasser, a 24-year-old male, secretly videotaped younger male co-workers using the men’s bathroom, EEOC charged.

Further, EEOC said, Mario Campos, a harassment victim who complained, was subjected to unlawful retaliation when he was demoted to busing tables from a server position, his work hours were reduced, was given an unfavorable work schedule, and issued excessive and unwarranted discipline.

Read more about the lawsuit and settlement here.

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