Carrabba’s Italian Grill settled a sexual harassment lawsuit with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) by agreeing to pay $690K.
As reported in Restaurant Dive, the EEOC sued the restaurant for sexual harassment conducted by a managing partner, which violated the Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
The settlement will be distributed among the affected female employees. In addition, Carrabba’s Italian Grill will implement a new policy for sexual harassment and a new procedure for sexual harassment investigations.
Furthermore, the settlement emphasized providing training to HR and management of the restaurant.
EEOC’s chair has stated this lawsuit indicates the graveness of the sexual harassment issue. Moreover, she stressed the importance of having effective policies and necessary programs to avert harassment in the workplace.
Sexual harassment has been a prolonged problem in the restaurant industry. The EEOC was involved in multiple cases of sexual harassment in restaurants in 2020.
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