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Federal Agency Accuses Tapioca Express of Sexual Harassment

Tapioca Express is a franchise that sells milk-based teas. It's based in South El Monte, California. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) recently accused two Tapioca Express locations of creating a work environment fraught with sexual harassment of its female workers. In fact, some employees quit their jobs because of the abusive conditions they faced at work.

The EEOC says that the two locations were owned and operated by the same person. Allegedly, the man inappropriately touched female employees and made repeated and unwelcome sexual comments to them. The EEOC claims that the owner would physically press himself against the workers, put his arms around them and make frequent comments about their bodies. Some of the female employees say they left their jobs because the sexual harassment continued to escalate.

According to the EEOC, in addition to the franchise owner, Tapioca Express Inc., Erivera Enterprise LLC, and Eledeen Inc. were named as defendants in the lawsuit because they did not prevent or try to resolve the sexual harassment in spite of multiple complaints. The EEOC initially attempted to reach a settlement with the employer but failed.

The Tapioca Express website says it has locations in Washington and Nevada as well as in California.

The EEOC's move to initiate a lawsuit against Tapioca Express to enforce anti-sexual harassment laws is an important step. However, there is a lot more work to be done in this regard throughout California. If you and your co-workers are being victimized by this kind of behavior at work, organize yourselves, talk about your experiences and reach out for help immediately.

Source: Nov. 30, -0001

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