The Ashlan Village Retirement Community, a retirement and assisted living facility located in Lyman, South Carolina, has agreed to pay $40,000 to settle a sexual harassment and retaliation lawsuit filed by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.
According to the complaint, the Ashland Village executive director subjected female employees Leah Pyhala and Holly Black to sexual harassment and then fired the two women in retaliation on the same day that the women complained about the harassment to the Ashland Village owner.
Lynette A. Barnes, regional attorney for the EEOC’s Charlotte District Office, said, “Employers are required to prevent and correct sexual harassment in the workplace. Punishing employees who complain about harassment further violates federal law and only makes a bad situation worse. We are pleased that Ashlan Village has agreed to provide adequate training to its employees, and has committed to preventing harassment and retaliation in its workplace.”