Settlement Reached Between EEOC, N.C. Phone Company in Same-Sex Harassment Lawsuit

$50,000 is how much it will cost ABC Phones of North Carolina to a lawsuit filed against by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission alleging that a female sales consultant working for the company was subjected to same-sex harassment.

The EEOC announced the settlement today, bringing to a conclusion this suit that it filed in March

The EEOC charged that in 2013, Fredarika Bowden was sexually harassed by a female co-worker during her employment with A Wireless. Bowden worked as a sales consultant at the company’s store in Lumberton, N.C.

The suit charged that the harassment included inappropriate touching and sexual comments. EEOC’s complaint further claimed that although much of the offensive conduct was witnessed by a member of management and Bowden reported the harassment to management several times, the company failed to promptly stop the harassment.

Sexual harassment is illegal, regardless of whether the harasser is the same or the opposite gender as the victim,” said Lynette A. Barnes, regional attorney of EEOC’s Charlotte District Office. “When employees report a manager’s or co-worker’s inappropriate behavior, employers must immediately investigate the claims and take steps to stop the misconduct.”

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