SAN DIEGO (Legal Newsline) – The U.S. Equal Employment
Opportunity Commission (EEOC) announced that Salum Revilla Enterprises LLC,
doing business as Achiote Restaurant, will pay $27,500 to settle allegations of
male-on-male class sexual harassment and retaliation.
In addition to the monetary relief, Achiote Restaurant must
revises its anti-harassment practices and provide annual training for all
employees and managers on anti-discrimination policies.
"We commend this employer for agreeing to implement
comprehensive remedial relief to foster a discrimination-free workplace going
forward," Anna Y. Park, EEOC's regional attorney for the Los Angeles
District, which oversees San Diego, said. "Small businesses are encouraged
to ensure they know EEO laws. EEOC is particularly mindful of protecting young
vulnerable workers from harassment and retaliation like the ones in this
According to the EEOC, the restaurant subjected young, male
Mexican-American workers to sexual harassment. An employee secretly videotaped
these workers in the bathroom, the EEOC charged. When one victim complained, he
was purportedly demoted.
"Retaliation claims are on the rise, comprising 45 percent of
all EEOC charges filed nationally,” Christopher Green, director of EEOC's San
Diego Local Office said. “It is imperative for employers to effectively stop
and remedy workplace harassment and ensure that workers who report it do not