A Burger King sex case was settled for the whopping sum of $2.5 million after dragging out for 14 years. The federal claims of sexual harassment were made against Carrols Corp, the largest franchisee of the restaurant. Syracuse, N.Y.-based Carrols Corp is the owner/operator of more than 570 Burger King franchises across 13 different states. It employs more than 17,000 people.
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) claimed that 89 women who were employed by Carrols Corp suffered indignities and harassment ranging from obscene comments and unwanted touching to exposure of genitalia, strip searches and rape, according to a Jan. 10, 2013 report by The Huffington Post. The victims included teens. Many of the alleged perpetrators were members of management.
Carrols Corp agreed to settle the 14-year-old Burger King sex case to avoid litigation costs. The company has not admitted to any wrongdoing in the case. In addition to the $2.5 million settlement, the company has agreed to "improve its ability to respond to harassment claims."