Hostile Work Environment Results in Sexual Harassment Fine
28 January 2011
The US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has announced that Paul’s Big M (Big M) grocery store at Oswega has been ordered to pay US$1,260,080 in a sexual harassment case brought against it by the EEOC. The lawsuit charged that a class of female employees were “subjected to a sexually hostile work environment” by Big M’s general manager Allen Manwaring for more than ten years. According to trial testimonies Mr Manwaring “made sexual propositions, described his sex life with owner Karen Connors, to whom he was engaged, made lewd gestures to employees and touched or grabbed them in private areas”. The company failed to take action despite repeated complaints, forcing some of the women to stop working there.
EEOC’s media release (21 January 2011)