There are many state and federal laws in place to protect employees in the workplace. One might assume that this means Los Angeles employers are careful to follow these laws in order to maintain healthy, safe and respectable workplaces for their employees. Unfortunately, labor and employment laws are not always enforced, and employees' rights are being violated every day.
Workers need to understand that when their rights are violated, they deserve to take legal action to protect other workers and to hold their employers accountable for their wrongdoings. Workplace violations do happen, but these violations do not need to be tolerated.
In April 2008, a woman who was working at a Senor Frog's in Hawaii had filed a sexual harassment complaint with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. After the complaint was investigated, the EEOC decided to file a lawsuit against the Mexican-based company's Hawaii unit last year. Last week, the EEOC amended the lawsuit. Now nine former employees claim that they were sexually harassed by high level executives and managers on numerous occasions.
The EEOC pointed out that the harassment didn't just involve one worker who disregarded the rights of women in the workplace. An attorney for the commission stated, "This was a company that seemed to disregard the rights of the women who worked there."
According to the sexual harassment lawsuit, female employees at Senor Frog's in Waikiki were touched inappropriately by the company's managers and executives. They were even told to have sex with the company's high-ranking employees. Women endured other types of sexual harassment nearly every single day on the job, the lawsuit states. The EEOC is not suing the parent company of the restaurant because it is based in Mexico.
The commission is seeking damages for the victims and it is also requesting that the company make changes in its policies to better prevent this type of harassment from happening again.
Source: Yahoo! News, "Feds sue Senor Frog's for Hawaii sexual harassment," Audrey McAvoy, Nov. 2, 2012
- Our firm provides counsel to employees who have been sexually harassed in the workplace by a co-worker, manager or other employee. If you would like to learn more about employees' rights and our practice, please visit our Long Beach ending workplace sexual harassment page.