EEOC: San Diego country club manager solicited naked photos, grabbed female employees

By Marian Johns | Aug 14, 2018

SAN DIEGO — The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has filed a lawsuit against San Diego's Fairbanks Ranch Country Club, alleging a manager sexually harassed of a group of female employees, which included soliciting naked photos, grabbing and kissing.

The EEOC alleges a class of Fairbanks Ranch female employees were subjected to daily sexual harassing. According to the EEOC, a male manager attempted to kiss the female employees, grabbed them, offered one of the females to a male customer for lap dances and also choked an African-American employee. In addition, when the female employees resisted the manager's requests for sexual favors for job benefits, he threatened to fire them or reduce their work hours, the EEOC said. 

"Every employer has an obligation to prevent sexual harassment at its workplaces," EEOC Los Angeles District regional attorney Anna Park said in a statement. "Maintaining an employee manual is not enough. Training and oversight for all staff members must become how employers ensure safety and compliance in this area of the law."

"The allegations of this case are especially shocking, being that a manager was involved," added EEOC San Diego office director Christopher Green.  "Having ultimate hiring authority does not permit leveraging that power to take from those who work for you."

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