Sparks Steak House Settles Male Sexual Harassment Lawsuit for $800,000
November 20, 2012
Sparks Steak House, the infamous upscale New York restaurant known for being the site of the legendary mafia murders in 1985, has recently settled a lawsuit for $600,000--after a group of male waiters accused a Spark's manager of sexual harassment.
According to the lawsuit development, that Orange County-based Vincent Howard has been watching, a male manager of Sparks Steak House allegedly sexually abused twenty-two waiters over a period of nearly eight years, by groping the male waiters' buttocks, making lewd and suggestive sexual comments, and also attempting to touch the waiters' genitals.
Although many of the waiters reportedly complained to other managers, the harassment continued, and some of the victims who stood up for their rights suffered retaliation--by being suspended or assigned more difficult jobs in the restaurant.
The lawsuit was filed by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. As Vincent Howard discussed in a previous Riverside employment attorney blog, it against the law to harass a person because of their gender. Harassment can include sexual harassment, requests for inappropriate sexual favors, unwelcome sexual advances, or sexual harassment of a physical or verbal nature. It is also against the law to retaliate against employees that fight sexual harassment or discrimination, or participate in EEOC proceedings by filing charges of discrimination, testifying, assisting in cases, or any other EEOC participation.
In addition to the $600,000 settlement to be distributed among the sexual harassment victims, Sparks Steak House is also responsible for prohibiting any further sexual harassment and retaliation in the future. The settlement also requires Sparks to establish a discrimination complaint hotline, distribute new policies prohibiting any harassment or retaliation to restaurant employees, conduct training for the employees on anti-discrimination, post a public notice about the settlement, and report any sexual harassment complaints or retaliation to the EEOC directly.
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Sparks Steak House to Pay $600,000 to Settle EEOC Class Male-On-Male Sexual Harassment Suit, U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, 11-15-12
Sparks Steak House settles harassment lawsuit, Crain's New York Business, November 15, 2012
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