Silver Diner, a restaurant based in Lexington, North Carolina, has agreed to pay $25,000 to settle an EEOC sexual harassment and retaliation lawsuit.
According to the EEOC, a former waitress was subjected to a sexually hostile workplace by her bad boss, who was also one of the co-owners of Silver Diner.
The woman claims that her former boss grabbed her, rubbed up against her, made inappropriate comments about her appearance, and told her to leave her boyfriend if she wanted to advance in her position at Silver Diner.
The former waitress allegedly complained about the sexual harassment to the other Sliver Diner owners and to the head waitress.
She claims that after she complained about the sexually hostile work environment, the company reduced her hours. When she complained about the reduction in her work hours, she was allegedly fired in retaliation.
EEOC attorney Lynette Barnes said, “Sexual harassment by a company’s owner is especially harmful. The EEOC’s filing this case is a reminder that employers have an obligation under federal law to ensure a work environment free from harassment, to promptly investigate complaints and to take appropriate corrective measures to stop sexual harassment, regardless of who the harasser is.”