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Dunkin' Donuts Manager Accused of Sexually Harassing Teens

December 4, 2009

Our California Employment and Labor Lawyers have been following a lawsuit filed last week by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) on behalf of several female workers, some of whom were teenagers, who were sexually harassed in the workplace both physically and verbally while working at a local Dunkin' Donuts.

The lawsuit accuses the manager of a Dunkin' Donuts in Wynatskill, N.Y., of continuously and inappropriately grabbing the female workers' breasts and buttocks, kissing them on the neck, and forcefully holding and hugging the employees against their will. The manager allegedly told the employees they were sexually desirable, asked them about their sex lives and verbally described in a detailed manner specific acts that he would like to perform on them sexually. He told the workers that he preferred virgins, and that they should not tell anyone about the things that he told them. According to the suit, the officials at Dunkin' Donuts failed to protect the female employees from a hostile work environment by taking the appropriate measures to stop and prevent the workplace sexual harassment--especially after the female workers came forward with the alleged complaints.

Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 lawfully protects employees from experiencing sexual harassment in the workplace. The EEOC stated that it is important for companies to work diligently to protect employees from this kind of harassment. According to the suit multiple complaints were made to the company in 2006, and these actions reportedly went unanswered. EEOC Senior Trial Attorney Adela Santos stated the importance of taking sexual harassment complaints seriously, especially when employees are teenagers, as in this case, are working in their first jobs, and are afraid to complain about being harassed by their manager.

The EEOC was contacted in 2007 by one of the females represented in the suit, and estimates that between 5 and 15 other female employees were sexually harassed while employed by this Dunkin' Donuts store. This lawsuit claims that Dunkin' Donuts used unlawful employment practices that involved sexism intentionally. The EEOC seeks a permanent injunction against discrimination, monetary relief for the female victims, and the implementation of effective policies and procedures against discrimination, as well as training on anti-discrimination laws.

Howard Law, PC protects worker's rights in sexual harassment cases and other labor and employment issues in Los Angeles County, Orange County and throughout Southern California. Contact our Anaheim-based Labor & Employment Attorneys today, to find the best solution for you.

Suit Alleged Sexual Harassment at Dunkin' Donuts, The Record, November 28, 2009

EEOC Sues Dunkin' Donuts for Sexual Harassment, EEOC Press Release, November 27, 2009

Related Web Resources:

U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, (EEOC)