EEOC files suit against BK

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has charged TSW Management Inc., the owner of several metro Detroit-area Burger King restaurants, with pervasive sexual harassment and retaliation. The lawsuit, case No. 2:11-CV-13220, was filed July 25 in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan.

The EEOC claims that “the manager of TSW’s Royal Oak Burger King severely harassed many of his female employees, including minors, over several years.” The commission said he made lewd comments, touched female workers, and made sexual advances toward them. If the workers complained, the EEOC said the manager would “cut hours, alter paychecks, and escalate his harassing behavior. The manager also retaliated against one victim by terminating her for insubordination.”

Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 protects employees from sexual harassment and from retaliation for complaining about illegal practices such as sexual harassment. The EEOC filed suit after first attempting to reach a voluntary settlement. The EEOC is seeking an injunction to prohibit the company from engaging in this type of discrimination in the future, as well as monetary relief on the behalf of the victims, according to the EEOC website.

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