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Tuesday January 23rd 2018



New Pine Ridge Restaurant to pay $41,000 to settle hostile work environment lawsuit

Merrill, Wisconsin-based New Pine Ridge restaurant has agreed to pay $41,000 to settle an EEOC hostile work environment and sexual harassment lawsuit.

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission claims that a number of female waitresses were subjected to sexual harassment by Shahi Selmani, a former cook at the New Pine Ridge restaurant.

According to the EEOC, Selmani created a sexually hostile work environment for Sherry Brown and other female waitresses by repeatedly making crude remarks to the waitresses and grabbing their breasts.

When some of the waitresses complained to New Pine Ridge owner Qemal Alimi about the hostile work environment, the EEOC claims that Alimi did not stop the sexual harassment and instead fired some of the waitresses in retaliation for their complaints.

Selmani did not stop working for the restaurant until months after criminal charges were filed against him. Eventually he pled no contest to having committed Class A misdemeanor battery against three waitresses.

John C. Hendrickson, regional attorney of the EEOC’s Chicago District Office, said, “The Supreme Court has held that when an employer learns of sexual harassment, it must take immediate and effective action to stop it. Employers who don’t protect their workers should know that the federal government will enforce our national policy against sexual abuse in the workplace.”

New Pine Ridge Restaurant to pay $41,000 to settle hostile work environment lawsuit
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