The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission finally came to an agreement with Carrols Corp., the largest Burger King franchise operation in the nation, to settle a sexual harassment case. The settlement ends a 14- year lawsuit against the restaurant in a case covering 89 female employees.
According to the EEOC complaint, the female employees were subjected to obscene language, physical touching, and even strip searches, exposure of genitalia, and rape. The alleged abuses took place in multiple Burger King franchise locations within Carrols Corp. ownership over a period of years.
The settlement includes the payment of $2.5 million to satisfy the federal claims of sexual harassment. There is no word on how the money will be divided, but it does represent approximately $28,090 per person.
Carrols Corporation is headquartered in Syracuse, New York, and employs about 17,000 individuals across 13 states. The company still maintains its innocence and says it only offered the settlement to avoid continued financial strain to pay for litigations and various legal fees.
Carrols Corporation said that, regardless of any real or alleged wrongdoing, it plans to make important policy changes to improve its ability to respond to sexual harassment claims in the future.
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