Mississippi Grocery Store to Pay $325,000 to Settle Sexual Harassment Lawsuit

The Birmingham, Alabama office of the EEOC recently announced that a Jackson, Mississippi grocery store has agreed to pay $325,000 to settle a sexual harassment lawsuit filed by the government.  The EEOC reached a settlement agreement with Venture Inc., which operates a Save-A-Lot grocery store in Jackson.  In addition to the monetary settlement, the agreement also includes a 30-month consent decree that requires the company to take measures to prevent harassment in the future.

The EEOC alleged in its suit that 20 female employees were victims of the sexually hostile workplace in which a manager repeatedly propositioned female employees for sex, even offering money and benefits in exchange for sex. The purported misconduct included unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and degrading language.

This case shows the dangers of failing to address complaints of sexual harassment in the workplace.  Our firm provides free consultations to individuals who believe they may have suffered sexual harassment or workplace discrimination throughout the State of Alabama.  Please contact us at (205) 382-3872 or email wbeckum@beckumkittle.com  for a free consultation.

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