The Original HoneyBaked Ham Company of Georgia has agreed to pay to a class of female employees to settle an EEOC sexual harassment and retaliation lawsuit.
The EEOC claims that a bad boss subjected a number of female employees in the company’s Colorado stores to a sexually hostile work environment that included repeated and offensive unwanted sexual comments, innuendos, and physical touching despite frequent protests.
According to the EEOC, a number of the women were disciplined or fired by HoneyBaked Ham in retaliation for complaining up the company’s chain of command about the alleged sexual harassment.
EEOC Attorney Mary Jo O’Neill said, “Sadly, sexual harassment remains
a prevalent problem in many workplaces. Employers need to be very careful to respond to sexual harassment complaints — to take them seriously and stop the sexual harassment, certainly not punish the victims. People subjected to this abuse often suffer in at least two ways — first they suffer the indignity of sexual harassment and then again when they endure illegal and unfair retaliation for speaking the truth.”
[Image: m kasahara]