NYC Steakhouse Settles with EEOC over Male-on-Male Harassment Charges

Author: Jenna Greene, Blog of the Legal Times [USA], Published on: 16 November 2012

An upscale New York City steakhouse has agreed to pay $600,000 to settle charges by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission that managers sexually harassed 22 male waiters over an almost eight-year period. The EEOC's case against Sparks Steak House highlights a growing EEOC trend - going after instances of male-on-male sexual harassment. According to the EEOC complaint against Sparks…misconduct by managers included “regularly grabbing or pinching male employees’ buttocks and/or pushing their penises against employees’ buttocks and attempting to grab the genital areas of male employees.” According to the EEOC, many of the waiters complained, but the behavior did not stop…Sparks…denied the allegations and did not admit to wrongdoing or liability.

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