The company managing a KFC/Taco Bell restaurant based in Mendota, Illinois has agreed to pay $150,000 to settle an EEOC class sexual harassment and retaliation lawsuit.
The EEOC claims that Mendota Restaurants, Inc. d/b/a KFC/Taco Bell, subjected a class of female employees to sexual harassment and retaliated against those who complained about the harassment by discharging or constructively discharging them.
The sexual harassment was allegedly committed by a manager over the course of one year at the Mendota KFC/Taco Bell location. A number of female employees claim that the manager subjected them to a sexually hostile work environment that included several sexual assaults. Five of the employees filed complaints with the Mendota Police Department.
EEOC’s Chicago Regional Attorney John Hendrickson said, “EEOC takes seriously sexual harassment of young women at restaurants, of which we see a lot. Some employers make the double mistake of retaliating against employees who are brave enough to complain. Both sex harassment and retaliation, in the form of reducing employees’ hours, assigning them to worse shifts, and termination, violate Title VII. We hope that other employers will become educated about their legal obligations as a result of this case.”