Jury Awards Finish Line Teenage Employees $30K in EEOC Sexual Harassment Lawsuit
February 11, 2013
According to a recent U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) press release that Orange County-based employment attorney Vincent Howard has been following, a jury recently ruled in an EEOC sexual harassment lawsuit against Finish Line, the footwear, apparel and accessories company. The lawsuit was filed by the commission on behalf of three teenage female employees who were allegedly subjected to severe sexual harassment and abuse by a 38-year-old general manager at a Tennessee store.
The lawsuit accused Finish Line of subjecting at least three teenage female employees to sexual harassment, forcing the employees to quit their jobs as a result of the sexual abuse in the workplace. One employee who resisted the sexual harassment was also retaliated against by the manager, by having her work hours reduced.
As Vincent Howard frequently reports, under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, it is against the law to engage in sexual harassment in the workplace, and illegal to retaliate against any individuals who protest the unlawful treatment. EEOC trial attorney Kenneth Anderson, stated that it is unfortunate that any woman, especially a teenager, should have to deal with sexual harassment in the workplace. According to Anderson, the fact that the harassment came from a much older male supervisor made this case equally reprehensible.
The jury reportedly awarded the three victims of sexual harassment $30,000 in compensatory damages, with additional back pay.
This is not the first time that Finish Line has been embroiled in an employment lawsuit. According to Vincent Howard's previous Santa Ana employment lawyers blog, the athletic gear and shoe store was previously sued by the EEOC after a California store manager allegedly installed a hidden video camera in a women's store restroom and dressing room, used by both employees and customers for around five months.
In cities throughout Orange County, contact Howard Law, PC today for questions about your labor or employment issue.
Jury Rules for EEOC in Sexual Harassment Case Against the Finish Line, U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, February 1, 2013
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