Monday, March 19, 2012

MN Publishing Company to Pay $150,000 to Settle Sexual Harassment Claim Filed by Several Female Employees

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has announced a major settlement in a case filed against a music print publishing company in Minnesota, Hal Leonard Publishing Company, filed by a class of female employees.  The case has settled for $150,000 after the EEOC's investigation revealed "that [the] women were subjected to unwelcome grabbing and squeezing as well as sex-based comments and actions at Hal Leonard’s facility in Winona, a city of 50,000 in southeast Minnesota.  The harassment was perpetrated by co-workers and, despite multiple complaints to Hal Leonard management, the misconduct did not cease.  Following an investigation of the discrimination charge, the EEOC determined that there was reasonable cause to believe the company violated Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964."

In addition to the $150,000 to be paid by Hal Leonard, the employer has also agreed to:

(1) provide an apology to the former employee who filed the original discrimination charge; 
(2) conduct annual anti-discrimination training for three years which the EEOC may observe; 
(3) provide the EEOC with documentation of an accountability provision in performance evaluations of managers, supervisors and lead employees; and 
(4) provide the EEOC with documentation of all sexual harassment complaints for three years. 

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