BALTIMORE (Legal Newsline) — The U.S. Equal Employment
Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has announced R.V. Associates Limited, doing
business as Windsor Inn, will pay $200,000 after allegations of violating federal
sexual harassment and retaliation laws.
"Unfortunately, sexual harassment remains a serious
problem in the workplace, including the restaurant industry," said EEOC
Philadelphia District director Spencer H. Lewis Jr. "EEOC is committed to
ensuring that no employee is subjected to sexual advances or harassment in order
to earn a living."
According to the EEOC, the restaurant owner sexually assaulted a
female employee. Others harassed her as well, EEOC alleges, but the restaurant
failed to stop the harassment. The alleged victim quit due to intolerable
abuse. The restaurant owner also purportedly harassed other employees. Keysha Costley was suspended due to her rejection of his sexual advances, the EEOC says.
The alleged conduct of Windsor Inn violates Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act. In addition to monetary relief, the defendants will
be required to retain an independent monitor to assess any future complaints of
"We are pleased we were able to resolve this
matter amicably,” said EEOC regional attorney Debra M. Lawrence. “The monetary
relief will compensate the victims for the egregious sexual harassment they
endured, and the equitable relief, in particular, the hiring of an independent
monitor who will receive and handle any harassment or retaliation complaints,
will protect the rights of all of the restaurant's employees."