MIAMI (Legal Newsline) – The U.S. Equal Employment
Opportunity Commission (EEOC) announced that McWhite’s Funeral Home of Fort
Lauderdale will pay $85,000 and furnish other relief to settle allegations of
EEOC charged that sole owner and manager Albert McWhite Sr.
subjected female employees to constant egregious sexual harassment. McWhite allegedly
created and encouraged an environment that condoned harassment. He also
purportedly retaliated against current and former employees by cutting the
hours of those who complained.
Sexual harassment violates Title VII of the Civil Rights Act
"Albert McWhite Sr.'s sexual harassment of female
employees was constant and overt," EEOC Miami Regional Attorney Robert
Weisberg said. "The objective of this settlement is to change the culture
of this workplace, allowing female employees to work without stress and fear of
enduring sexual harassment and retaliation."
In addition to monetary relief that will be distributed among
the alleged victims, McWhite’s agreed to retain an independent equal employment
opportunity consultant. This consultant will be there to receive and review any
complaints of sex discrimination. Additionally, the company owner and employees
will go through training on anti-discrimination laws.