The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) reached a settlement in a sexual harassment lawsuit filed against a nationwide home improvement retailer.
In the lawsuit, the EEOC alleged the management at an Arizona location failed to address years of sexual harassment against female employees.
The settlement includes a $700,000 payment to the three women affected by the harassment, as well as a three-year consent decree that calls for several actions to prevent future sexual harassment. The employer agrees to update its anti-discrimination policies, develop a comprehensive process to investigate reports of harassment, train employees on sexual harassment and the investigative process, and provide the EEOC with regular reports on its efforts and any subsequent harassment complaints.
Attorneys for the EEOC emphasize that it is an employer's legal responsibility to address claims of harassment quickly. In doing so, employers will also promote a positive and productive work environment. "Lowe's to Pay $700,000 to Settle EEOC Sexual Harassment Discrimination Lawsuit" www.eeoc.gov (Sep. 16, 2022).