And yet another, sexual harassment case for the International House of Pancakes (IHOP).
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission in Albuquerque, New Mexico recently settled a sexual harassment case for $1,000,000 that was brought on behalf of a group of women, including teenagers, working for IHOP restaurants. The harassment included sexual comments, sexual innuendo, and unwanted touching. The lawsuit alleged that the harassment caused some of the women to quit their jobs.
As a result of the settlement, IHOP is required to implement policies and procedures that will provide its employees a work environment free of harassment and retaliation. As a side note, I would be shocked to find out that IHOP did not already have such policies in place. The real question is whether they were enforcing those policies.
Sexual harassment occurs when one employee subjects another to unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical harassment of a sexual nature.
Not all offensive conduct rises to the level of actionable sexual harassment. If you have questions regarding sexual harassment, you may call Rich Bradford at (813) 413-2402.