Sexual harassment suit interests California residents?

California residents might be interested to learn about the sexual harassment suit filed in another state against a company that throws parties for children. A minor who worked for the company filed a complaint with her state’s Division on Civil Rights, which recently culminated in a settlement for the employee. She had alleged she endured repeated sexual harassment by her male supervisor.

The company, located in another state, has been ordered to pay the minor $15,000 on an installment basis. The company has also been ordered to train all employees on how to prevent discrimination and create policies prohibiting discrimination and sexual harassment. Under the settlement, however, the company did not accept any blame for the alleged harassment incidents.

The minor worked for the company for a period of seven months. She maintained that, while actually on the job and through the avenue of text messages, she was forced to tolerate harassment of a sexual nature from her supervisor. Her complaint further stated that she was informed he had talked about her to other employees in an inappropriate manner, as well. After she had submitted a formal complaint about her supervisor, she was fired. The young employee was told the firing was for violating the company policy of having a cell phone in the play area of the party store, although she claims other employees who also violated that policy only received a warning.

The company refutes that the firing was in retaliation for the sexual harassment claim, but did agree to modify her employment record to state she had left the job voluntarily instead of reporting that she had been fired. Even though the company refutes any of the allegations of the suit, it is interesting to note that the Division of Civil Rights did believe there was probable cause to support the teen’s allegations of sexual harassment. For any California resident who feels he or she may have a sexual harassment situation such as this one, reporting that harassment is the first step toward taking action and seeing justice done.

Source: Source: northjersey.com, “Paramus-based Screamin’ Parties to pay former teen employee who alleged sexual harassment,” Monsy Alvarado, July 2, 2013

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