The EEOC has just announced that Fahim Adi, the owner of seven IHOP restaurants in New Mexico, has agreed to pay $1 million to settle a sexual harassment lawsuit that had been filed against it by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.
The EEOC claimed that former IHOP manager Lee Broadnax subjected a class of at least 22 women, including some teenagers, to sexual harassment. Broadnax’s harassing behavior allegedly included sexual comments, innuendo and unwanted touching.
Some of the employees claimed that they were forced to quit their jobs because of the sexual harassment, and/or because IHOP failed to provide preventive or remedial relief to the harassment.