RALEIGH, N.C. (Legal Newsline) — The U.S. Equal Employment
Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has announced Mayflower Seafood in
Goldsboro, N.C., will pay $81,500 after allegations of sexual harassment and
EEOC alleged Liza Hill, who worked as a server and
cashier at the restaurant, was subjected to offensive sexual comments and
sexual touching on a regular basis by a male manager and several male kitchen
workers. The alleged harassment occurred throughout 2013. According to EEOC,
Hill complained to a supervisor but the harassment did not end. Hill went on to
file criminal charges. In response, the restaurant allegedly reduced her hours
and eventually removed her from the work schedule.
Alleged conduct of this nature violates Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, which bans employers from retaliating against
employees in the workplace. Mayflower agreed to a two-year consent decree that
mandates sexual harassment and retaliation training for all employees,
including managers and supervisors.
"Punishing employees who oppose discriminatory
employment practices violates federal law and only makes a bad situation
worse," said Lynette A. Barnes, regional attorney for EEOC's Charlotte
District office. "We are pleased that Mayflower has agreed to provide
training to its supervisors and managers as part of its efforts to ensure that
retaliation does not occur in its workplace."