National retailer Fry’s Electronics agreed to pay $2.3 million and to implement preventative measures to settle a sexual harassment and retaliation lawsuit brought by the EEOC.
According to the lawsuit, an assistant store manager at the Renton, Washington Fry’s store harassed 20-year-old sales associate America Rios, frequently sending her sexually charged text messages and inviting her to his house to drink.
After Rios’ direct supervisor Ka Lam reported the harassment to Fry’s legal department, the company fired Lam. He was told that his termination was due to a decline in his performance despite the fact that his work was consistently commended.
Lead counsel Scott C. G. Blankenship and associate attorney Rick Goldsworthy of The Blankenship Law Firm represented the individual employees, negotiated the settlement, and prosecuted the case with EEOC’s Senior Trial Attorney Molly Powell, Supervisory Attorney John Stanley, and EEOC Regional Attorney William Tamayo.