Maryland Restaurant Group Settles Harassment Suit Filed by EEOC

Several EEOC settlements have made the news lately. Here’s another one to add to that list.

Three Baltimore-area Kobe Japanese Steak Houses have agreed to pay $80,000 and implement anti-harassment policies to settle a discrimination lawsuit filed this month by the EEOC. The suit accused managers at the White Marsh and Largo locations, along with a Virginia restaurant, of sexual and racial discrimination toward Hispanic female workers. The settlement, which includes cash payments to four employees as well as anti-harassment rules and training at the restaurants, does not include an admission of any wrongdoing by the restaurant group.

Since June 2003, Marta Yolanda Elias Garcia, Francisca Elizabeth Carrillos Lopez and other Hispanic women were subjected to “unwelcome and highly offensive sexual advances, including groping, touching and constant taunts about their sex, race and nation origin,” according to the lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in Baltimore City.

Garcia and Lopez were fired in retaliation for opposing these illegal actions, the Commision said.

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