NEW YORK (Legal Newsline) — The U.S. Equal Employment
Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has announced Hillcrest Marshall Inc., owner of
multiple Dunkin’ Donuts franchises in Westchester County, will pay $150,000 to
settle allegations of sexual harassment.
EEOC charged that the company subjected its female employees
to harassment by a store manager. The manager purportedly tried to kiss an
employee and proposition her for sex. Additionally, EEOC alleges the manager cursed, yelled and hit the employee when she rejected him. The employee allegedly contacted
the police, which led to the company firing her.
"Employers need to implement strong policies so victims
can report sexual harassment without reprisal, and we are pleased Hillcrest
Marshall has agreed to do so,” said EEOC New York District director Kevin Berry.
In addition to monetary relief for alleged victims,
Hillcrest Marshall agreed to train all its managers on their obligations under
EEOC New York regional attorney Jeffrey Burstein added,
"It took tremendous courage for these young women, some of whom were in
their teens when they worked at Dunkin' Donuts, to stand up to their manager.
EEOC is here to protect vulnerable young workers like these women who suffered