(Legal Newsline) — The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC)
announced Dec. 30 that Mexicali Chicken & Salads in El Centro, Calif., will
pay $27,692 after allegations a female employee was sexually harassed by her
manager and then fired for complaining.
employee should feel that they have to consent to unwanted sexual advances in
order to maintain their employment," said Anna Park, regional attorney for
EEOC's Los Angeles District, whose jurisdiction includes California's Imperial
County. "Employers have a duty under the law to not only investigate
claims of harassment but to also provide a workplace free of reprisal. Mexicali
failed to engage in these efforts and the decision by the court will send a
clear message to all employers that harassment and retaliation will not be
to the EEOC, the manager of the restaurant harassed a young shift supervisor. The
female employee purportedly rejected his advances and complained to another
manager about the incident. The EEOC argued the female employee was terminated
within days of her complaint. Alleged conduct of this nature violates Title VII
of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
workers can be more vulnerable to harassment in the workplace, as they may be
unaware of their rights and the protections afforded to them by federal
law," said Christopher Green, director for EEOC's San Diego local office.
"Employers should have appropriate anti-harassment policies and reporting
procedures in place to protect their workers from unwelcome behavior and