The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has announced that Sparks Steak House, an upscale steakhouse in New York City, has agreed to pay $600,000 to settle a sexual harassment and retaliation lawsuit that was filed by the federal agency.
The EEOC claimed that a male manager at Sparks Steak House sexually harassed 22 male waiters during an eight-year period.
The manager allegedly made lewd sexual comments to the male waiters, groped their buttocks, and attempted to touch their genitals. Many of the waiters complained to other managers and Sparks’ owners, but the harassment did not stop. Some of the waiters even suffered retaliation for complaining by being given more difficult work assignments and/or ultimately being suspended.