Chili’s Restaurant Settled Sexual Harassment Lawsuit

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The U. S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) filed a suit stating Chili’s Restaurant in Cañon City, Colorado, subjected female employees to sexual harassment and retaliation. 

Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibits employers from discriminating against employees by sex, race, color, national origin, and religion.

EEOC’s lawsuit

The EEOC’s lawsuit states that the restaurant’s assistant manager and managing partner subjected female hostesses and servers to sexual harassment, innuendos, and pervasive sexual comments. 

The employees complained to management about the incidents of sexual harassment. However, the suit alleges that the restaurant did not take corrective or preventative action. Some of the employees resigned due to continued harassment and retaliatory action of reduction of scheduled hours.

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A failed attempt to reach a voluntary settlement through a conciliation process lead to a suit filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado (EEOC v. Brinker Restaurant Corporation d/b/a Chili’s Grill & Bar and Brinker International Payroll Company, L.P., Civil Action No. 1:19-cv-00970).

U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the federal agency announced today

Chili’s settled the sex-based harassment and retaliation case for $150,000. In addition, to settle the lawsuit, Chili’s will furnish other relief:

  • Two-Year Consent Decree
  • $150,000 to be divided among the five women involved in the lawsuit
  • Provide sexual harassment training to all managers, supervisors, and workers
  • Restaurant to post a notice with EEOC’s contact information
  • Semi-annual reporting to the EEOC on how the restaurants have addressed reports of sex discrimination and retaliation

Sexual Harassment charges are on the rise. The EEOC has seen a 12% increase of sexual harassment charges for the fiscal year 2018. 

Sexual Harassment Training

Sexual Harassment Prevention Training is key to protecting your employees and your company.  Take action steps today to train your staff with Career Resources, Inc.’s (CRI) online sexual harassment prevention training course. 

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