Posted On: January 1, 2010 by Peter M. LaSorsa

Aaron Rentals Settles Sexual Harassment Lawsuit With EEOC

Aaron Rental Inc. which operates more than 1500 stores nationwide settled a sexual harassment lawsuit filed by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission ("EEOC").
According to the lawsuit a general manager of Aaron’s Fairview Heights, Illinois store made sexually explicit comments to a female employer. The young female employee was also solicited for sex on a regular basis by the general manager. The EEOC would not disclose the amount of the settlement which also provides what is known as remedial relief. Remedial relief usually includes training for management and the establishment of a hotline for reporting discrimination.

Also alleged by the EEOC is the manager repeatedly attempted to force the female employee to have sex with him and that the sexual harassment culminated when he assaulted her in the store’s warehouse. Many times older members of management prey upon young female workers because they believe the young workers will not know how to respond to the sexual harassment or will be too afraid to report it. Warehouses are usually isolated and there may not be witnesses around so they could become dangerous places. It is very important to let management know as soon as possible that you are being sexually harassed and seek the advice of an experienced sexual harassment attorney.

A hostile work environment existed for this poor young female employee. Aaron's needs to institute better screening of its management and put in place policies that will protect its' female employees. Cases like this in Illinois can also be brought with the Illinois Department of Human Rights ("IDHR"). I find that the IDHR investigates and processes claims of sexual harassment and discrimination much faster than the EEOC.

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