$300K Consent Decree in EEOC’s Sexual Harassment Lawsuit Against Seapod Pawnbrokers

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and Seapod Pawnbrokers have entered into a consent decree resolving a lawsuit, EEOC v. Seapod Pawnbrokers, Inc. et al., EDNY 14-cv-4567. (Here is the EEOC press release.)

In its October 2014 amended complaint, the EEOC alleges that defendants violated Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 by subjecting female employees to harassment, creating a hostile work environment based on sex, national origin (Hispanic) and/or race (black), and retaliated against employees for complaining about the harassment, filing an EEOC charge, and/or participating in the EEOC’s investigation.

The January 22, 2015 consent decree requires, among other things, defendants to adopt specific anti-discrimination policies and procedures, verify that they do not employ or associate with Frank Morea, provide appropriate anti-discrimination and anti-retaliation training, and pay to the charging parties and claimants a total of $300,000.

 

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