Published Date: 04/14/2014
By George Ports
The US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) recently announced that financial giant JPMorgan Chase will pay $1,450,000 and revamp its call data retention to settle a sex-based harassment lawsuit filed by the agency. The EEOC charged that JPMorgan Chase maintained a sexually hostile work environment toward its female mortgage bankers assigned to its Polaris Park facility, located outside Columbus, Ohio.
According to the EEOC, this situation consisted of sexually-charged behavior and comments from the supervisory staff and participating mortgage bankers, which resulted in a sexist and uncivil atmosphere. The EEOC also alleged that the female mortgage bankers who did not embrace and participate in these circumstances were ostracized and suffered economic consequences by being deprived of lucrative sales calls, being deprived of training opportunities, and being denied other benefits of employment. This alleged conduct violates Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
It has been reported that the $1,450,000 in monetary relief will be allocated among 16 female mortgage bankers who worked at JPMorgan Chase’s call center in its Polaris Park facility. The consent decree resolving the case also enjoins JPMorgan Chase from creating or maintaining a sexually-hostile work environment there in the future. In addition, JPMorgan Chase is developing a call data retention system so that assignments of sales calls can be accessed and analyzed to ensure that they are being equitably distributed among the mortgage bankers.
For further information about the EEOC and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, go to its website at www.eeoc.gov.