The EEOC claimed that Erin Schwarzbach, who was 17 years old at the time, was subjected to a sexually hostile work environment and that SDI, the owner of the Sonic restaurant, did not properly investigate the harassment complaint.
Schwarzbach alleged that the general manager, Shawn Sadler, 32, puckered his lips as if to give Schwarzbach a kiss and told her how a woman should perform oral sex on a man. In addition, when she would bend down to put on her roller skates at the beginning of a shift, Sadler would grab her head and push it down in an attempt to simulate oral sex.
Despite the lawsuit and settlement, Sadler is still employed at the Sonic restaurant.
Schwarzbach, who is attending the University of Texas at Austin, said, “Although the process to get where we are today was long and trying at times, the opportunity to stand up for myself — and for other girls who have been or may be in the same situation — made it worth my commitment to initiate change. And I hope I have set an example for other young women in the working world.”