EEOC Settles Discrimination Suit Against Landmark Restaurant for $2.2 Million. New York City, NY (WiredPRNews.com) — The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) recently announced the settlement of a Title VII harassment and retaliation suit against Tavern on the Green, a landmark New York City restaurant famed for its status as a premier destination for travelers and one of the highest-grossing independently-owned restaurants in the United States.
The EEOC alleged that the restaurant engaged in sexual, racial, and national origin harassment of female, African-American, and Hispanic employees. Specifically, the EEOC alleged that restaurant managers made graphic comments, ridiculed employees for their accents, demanded sexual acts, and groped women. The EEOC further alleged that the restaurant retaliated against employees who refused to consent to the harassment and/or who objected to the harassment.
Pursuant to the settlement agreement, the restaurant will pay $2.2 million to the victims. The restaurant also agreed to implement remedial actions to prevent future discrimination. To that end, it will establish a telephone hotline for employees to report alleged discrimination, revise and distribute policies addressing discrimination and retaliation, and provide training to all employees regarding discrimination and retaliation.
Employers should be cognizant of this settlement since it shows that discrimination may occur at even the most premier establishments. If an employer has reason to believe that its managers are acting inappropriately or are possibly violating the Civil Rights. Act, the employer should immediately address the situation.
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