One of Burger King’s largest franchisees has agreed to pay $2.5 million to settle federal claims of sexual harassment. Carrols Corp., based in Syracuse, N.Y., operates nearly 600 Burger King franchises in the United States across 13 different states. According to reports, Carrols Corp., employs more than 17,000 people.
The lawsuit claimed that as many as 89 women employed by Carrols Corp. had suffered harassment. According to media reports, the women claimed to have been the victims of a range of undignified treatment such as receiving obscene comments, as well as being exposed to unwanted physical contact, including strip searches and the exposure of genitalia. The most serious accusations even included rape. Many of the victims were young women and teenagers.
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission says the agreement with Carrols Corp. covers 89 female employees around the country. The settlement ends a 14-year lawsuit that was one of the most extensive in the commission’s history. As is the custom in these settlements, Carrols Corp. did not admit any wrongdoing. The settlement also requires the company to improve its ability to respond to harassment charges.
Sources: Huffingtonpost.com and the Christianpost.com
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