On August 8, 2010, the Dallas-based “Cheaters” television show owners paid $50,000 to settle a sexual harassment lawsuit filed by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and two former female employees.
The two female office assistants employed by Bobby Goldstein Productions, Inc., and Cheaters II, Ltd., claimed that they were subjected to sexually explicit remarks and unwelcome touching from the companies’ owner, Bobby Goldstein, and upper management staff.
The sexual harassment included frequent comments and jokes of a sexual nature, propositions for sex, pornography in the office, and unwanted aggressive physical advances and threats, according to the EEOC’s statement.
According to the complaint, when Goldstein heard that one of the women had tried to report his behavior, he lectured her about company loyalty and said “if you f— me, I’ll f— you back.”
In addition, the company allegedly provided no effective outlet for complaints about the behavior because upper management participated in the harassment and the company had no employee handbook or policy explaining how to report harassment.