N.C. Restaurant in $81K Settlement With EEOC Over Harassment of Female Server/Cashier

Restaurant patrons typically don’t see what goes on in the kitchen; they just want their food served hot and on time. But what supposedly went on at a Goldsboro, North Carolina seafood restaurant would give any observant customers pause.

According to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, a female kitchen worker at the restaurant was subjected to offensive sexual touching and comments from the male supervisor and male kitchen workers.

She complained to her immediate supervisor but the mistreatment continued.

After the worker filed criminal charges against the restaurant manager and kitchen workers, her hours were reduced and she was ultimately removed from the work schedule, the EEOC charged, in retaliation for her complaints about the sexual harassment.

The restaurant agreed to pay $81,500 to settle the lawsuit, the EEOC announced yesterday.

“Punishing employees who oppose discriminatory employment practices violates federal law and only makes a bad situation worse,” said Lynette A. Barnes, regional attorney for EEOC’s Charlotte District Office.

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