Bargain retailer Big Lots Stores Inc., a Columbus, Ohio-based retailer, recently to pay $155,000 to settle a sexual harassment lawsuit based on facts that our employment discrimination lawyers typically see. As alleged in the lawsuit, the store manager repeatedly demanded to see a customer service representative’s breasts. The female employee complained to corporate about the discrimination. Trying to insulate itself from liability, the Ohio retailer warned the manager and distributed sexual harassment training materials. But, as detailed in the lawsuit, the sexually harassing manager returned to his old ways, which enraged the female employee.
Under Ohio law, an employer is strictly liable for the sexual harassment by its managers no matter what actions are taken following the conduct. As for the reported sexual harassment by co-workers, employers cannot give cursory warnings and assume that the problem has been taken care of. This was a big lesson for Big Lots.
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