Based upon Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, sexual harassment is not acceptable in the workplace. This means that sexual advances, suggestive comments, inappropriate touching and other unwelcomed acts of a sexual nature are not tolerated. When an employer is informed that their employee's are being subjected to sexual harassment, it is the responsibility of the employer to take steps to prohibit and rectify the misconduct. Failure to do so could result in consequences.
A sexual harassment lawsuit in Virginia has been filed against Catie Food Systems, Inc. on behalf of three female employees at a Wendy's fast food restaurant in Virginia. Reportedly, the two crew members and shift leader were repeatedly on the receiving end of inappropriate comments of a sexual nature, requests for intercourse and unwelcomed sexual physical contact.
The women are reported to have reported the inappropriate actions to a manager, but it appears that this manager may have been sexually harassing other females. Consequently, their pleas of change went unanswered. As a result, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission filed a lawsuit against the parent company of Wendy's today.
This suit calls for compensatory and punitive damages for the three female victims. In addition, the suit seeks also seeks other non-monetary forms of relief. The outcome of this case remains to be seen. Either way, the three women that were victimized in this situation should be commended for taking action against the sexual harassment. Understandably, many victims feel uncomfortable coming forward. Hopefully, these women will give those victims the strength to find their voices as well.
Source: The National Law Review, "Catie Food Systems Sued by EEOC for Sexual Harassment," Sept. 5, 2012