Dave's Supermarket Sued For Sexual Harassment
Dave's supermarket has been hit with a federal lawsuit regarding sexual harassment. In Cleveland the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission ("EEOC") filed a lawsuit claiming the supermarket violated Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 by subjecting female employees to sexual harassment. According to the lawsuit a department manager subjected women to egregious sexual harassment including asking the woman for sex and groping.
According to court papers once the top tier of management became aware of the sexual harassment and the manager's behavior the top group of management at the supermarket did nothing to stop it and allowed it to continue. Damages from sexual harassment include lost pay, future pay, emotional distress damage, attorney fees, and punitive damages. There seems to be an increase in sexual harassment cases this year probablly due to the problems with the economy.
"We continue to see an increase in the number of harassment complaints, however, this was one of many instances when the employer could have taken steps to prevent it from ever happening," said EEOC Acting Regional Attorney Debra Lawrence.
Some background on the grocery store. Dave's has 1,500 employees and operates 13 stores in Ohio. Attorney Peter LaSorsa handles sexual harassment cases in Chicago and the entire state of Illinois. Information on Pete can be located at lasorsalaw.com.