USA: Suffolk Laundry Services settles sexual harassment lawsuit involving immigrant women for $582,000

Author: John Valenti, Newsday (USA), Published on: 3 December 2015

“Suffolk Laundry settles sexual harassment suit for $582G”, 1 Dec 2015

Eight former employees of a commercial laundry in Suffolk County will split a $582,000 settlement of a sexual harassment lawsuit brought by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission…The eight women, immigrant workers from Mexico and Central America, were harassed by their supervisor at Suffolk Laundry Services Inc…The harassment went on for “several years,”…[and] when the women complained they were either terminated or their work hours were reduced…“This resolution represents yet another example of the EEOC’s efforts to end discriminatory workplace practices against vulnerable workers who often live in the shadows of the economy,”…[I]n addition to the settlement payment, the laundry will train managers and staff on how to identify and prevent sexual harassment and retaliation…The lawsuit was filed in January 2012 on behalf of the unnamed victims, who…alleged they were subjected to unwanted touching and comments as “conditions” for requests for time off…The conduct violated Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, according to the EEOC, which filed the suit in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York.  The EEOC litigated the case in partnership with the nonprofit LatinoJustice PRLDEF…

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