A California-based printing, mailing and fulfillment company agreed to pay $690,000 to settle a lawsuit over claims of sexual harassment and retaliation.
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) sued Sierra Creative Systems in 2018. In its lawsuit, the agency outlined two types of discriminatory behaviors it said the company engaged in.
First, female employees at the North Hollywood facility were subject to ongoing sexual harassment. That included unwelcome touching, sexual comments and derogatory statements about women, according to the EEOC. Women at the workplace were often referred to as useless and stupid, as well as “cows” and “donkeys.” When the workers reported this behavior, the company failed to take action to put an end to it, the EEOC said.
Second, workers that made these issues known were retaliated against. The company denied them hours and engaged in retaliatory harassment, the EEOC alleged.
The agency announced a settlement on March 3, 2020. Under the terms, Sierra Creative Systems will pay $690,000 for monetary relief. That money will go to the workers that brought the behavior to light, according to a newspaper report.
The business also agreed to additional corrective measures, such as third-party oversight to ensure compliance, a review of all policies and procedures, discrimination training and more. The company declined to provide a statement to the newspaper.
These are two common types of discrimination
The EEOC tracks the types of claims it receives and publishes this data each year.
In 2019, retaliation allegations under Title VII protections accounted for 39.9% of all California charges filed to the EEOC. Retaliation was the most common type of discrimination charge in the state that year. Similarly, sex discrimination claims accounted for 30.9% of California-based charges, making it the fourth most common type of accusation.
Workplace discrimination can take many forms. It’s important to remember that as a worker, the law protects you from these types of illegal actions, even providing an avenue for financial damages in certain circumstances.