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Blockbuster settles sexual harassment, retaliation charges for $2M [USA]

Blockbuster...has agreed to pay more than $2 million to settle charges it had subjected female temporary employees to sexual harassment, then retaliated against them for resisting sexual advances and complaining, said the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.The EEOC's Baltimore office said the Dallas-based video retailer, which has filed for bankruptcy, also subjected four of the seven workers involved, who are Hispanic, to national origin and racial harassment and other discrimination in 2004 and 2005 in its Gaithersburg, Md., distribution center...EEOC Philadelphia Regional Attorney Debra M. Lawrence said in a statement, “This case should act as a warning to all employers who use staffing agency personnel. Employers who are customers of staffing agencies have a responsibility to protect their temporary workers from unlawful discrimination. Too frequently, such employers fail to create systems to prevent and detect abuse of temporary workers and fail to respond forcefully to it. Those employers do so at their peril.”