South Loop Club, a Chicago bar and grill, has agreed to pay $100,000 to settle an EEOC sexual harassment and retaliation lawsuit.
The EEOC had claimed that South Loop Club created a sexually hostile work environment where sexual harassment and retaliation against female employees went unchecked.
According to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, South Loop Club decided to settle the lawsuit shortly after the complaint was filed.
John Rowe, the EEOC district director in Chicago, said, “This case is a reminder that federal law protects women working in bars from sexual harassment as much as women working in high-end business environments. It doesn’t matter whether your collar is blue, pink or white — sexual harassment is illegal, and the EEOC will combat it.”