Published Date: 01/06/2014
By George Ports
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) recently announced that La Rana Hawaii, doing business as Señor Frog’s, a popular Mexican-themed restaurant and bar in Honolulu, will pay $350,000 to settle a lawsuit filed by the EEOC on behalf of 13 female employees who were allegedly sexually harassed or retaliated against between 2007 and 2012 in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
The EEOC alleged that the female employees were sexually harassed by several male employees, including managers. The EEOC alleged that the managers subjected employees to sexual comments, language and advances, unwelcome physical contact and that some employees were subjected to retaliation after complaining about the alleged harassment. As part of an announced settlement, the parties entered into consent decree requiring La Rana Hawaii to pay $350,000 to 13 female claimants. The company closed its Honolulu establishment in August 2012.
Altres Inc., a Hawaii staffing company contracted by La Rana Hawaii to provide HR services and oversee the company’s non-management staff during the time in question was also named in the lawsuit. Altres previously settled with the EEOC for $150,000.
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