A Burger King sex case has resulted in the largest franchisee of the restaurant chain to pay 2.5 million in an effort to resolve federal claims of sexual harassment, reported The Seattle Times on Jan. 10.
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commissions states the deal with Carrols Corp. involves 89 female employees throughout the country. The settlement puts an end to a grueling 14-year lawsuit that was one of the most enduring lawsuits ever for the commission.
The EEOC stated that employees of Carrols Corp. harassed multiple women in several restaurants. This harassment included obscene comments, unwanted touching, exposure of genitalia, strip searches and rape.
However, although the case has been settled and a deal was reached the company has not confessed to any of the allegations of harassment. They said the reason the case was settled was in order to avoid litigation costs. The newly reached settlement will require the company to improve its ability to respond to harassment charges.