EEOC sues Jonesboro business for sexual harassment | Business
A Jonesboro business is accused of violating federal law by firing a teenage worker after she complained of unwanted sexual advances.
On Wednesday the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) filed a lawsuit against Memphis Foods LLC claiming it subjected a teenage employee to sexual harassment and retaliation.
According to the lawsuit, the 16-year-old girl worked as a crew member at the KFC restaurant on Winchester Road in Memphis.
Two months after she began working, the EEOC claims the store’s 54-year-old manager “began making unwelcome and offensive comments and physical contacts.”
After the girl reported the harassment to other management officials, the lawsuit says the company “retaliated” by removing her from the work schedule and firing her within weeks of her complaints.
Sexual harassment and retaliation for complaining violate Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the EEOC said in an email to Your Region 8.
The lawsuit asks the court to award appropriate back wages, compensatory and punitive damages. It also asks the court to grant a permanent injunction preventing Memphis Foods from engaging or condoning sexual harassment.
Memphis Foods owns more than 60 KFC and Taco Bell restaurants throughout Arkansas, Missouri, Tennessee, Kentucky and Illinois.
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