In another major settlement obtained by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), a cake shop in Albuquerque, New Mexico, The ABC Cake Shop & Bakery, has agreed to pay $220,000, amongst other non-monetary settlement terms, to the EEOC who filed suit on behalf of former female employees, some who were teenagers, who claimed they were subjected to sexual harassment.
From the EEOC press release on the settlement:
The EEOC's lawsuit, EEOC v. Early Bird Management Group, LLC d/b/a ABC Cake Shop & Bakery, 11-CV-799 JCH/RDS, charged that an owner of ABC subjected female employees, including some teenagers, to sexual harassment. The sexually offensive conduct included sexual comments, innuendo and unwanted touching. The EEOC's suit also alleged that some women were forced to quit their jobs because of the sexual harassment.
Sex discrimination, including sexual harassment, violates Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The EEOC filed suit in U.S. District Court for the District of New Mexico after first attempting to reach a pre-litigation settlement through its conciliation process.
At least 19 women are expected to receive relief through the consent decree settling the suit. In addition to the substantial monetary relief, the decree prohibits ABC from further discriminating or retaliating against its employees and requires it to implement policies and practices that will provide its employees a work environment free of sex discrimination and retaliation. ABC also agreed to provide the harmed women with letters of reference and apology letters. Finally, ABCs must also provide its employees with anti-discrimination training and notice of the settlement.