California Sexual Harassment Suit Settlement--Regal Entertainment Group to Pay $175,000
November 9, 2009
The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) announced the settlement of a Los Angeles, California sexual harassment lawsuit today against Regal Entertainment Group, the national movie theater chain who will pay $175,000 in damages.
According to the EEOC suit, a male worker at the Marina del Rey, California movie theater was harassed consistently by a female co-worker, and endured a sexually charged hostile workplace environment where the female co-worker consistently "grabbed his crotch." The male employee and his supervisor complained to the general manager at the time, and she not only failed to protect him against the harassment--but she retaliated against him for the complaint of the unlawful sexual conduct, as well as two other supervisors who defended him, who are also part of the EEOC lawsuit. The retaliation against the male worker and his colleagues included close examination of job performances, unwarranted discipline, and unfairly lowered job performance evaluations.
Sexual harassment and employee retaliation in the workplace is a direct violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. According to the EEOC, there has been an increase over the past decade of male sexual harassment charges filed with state/local agencies and the federal agency across the country. In the past ten years, the filing of male sexual harassment charges has increased from 12% to 16%.
In addition to the $175,000, Regal Entertainment Group must also provide training on anti-discrimination to its employees, and work to adhere to Title VII to prevent discrimination complaints and cases in the future. The company must provide annual employment practice reports to the EEOC as well.
Olophius Perry, EEOC Los Angeles District Director, claimed that this case serves as an entertainment industry model--as the need for voluntary industry compliance with federal discrimination laws in necessary.
If you, or someone you know has experienced sexual harassment or retaliation in the workplace, our team of experienced California Labor and Employment Attorneys can aggressively represent you and protect your employment rights. Contact Howard Law, PC for a free consultation today.
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