Tampa, FL- A Florida jury has awarded $20 million to eight former employees of a Largo travel agency who were subjected to repeated sexual harassment at the hands of their managers.
Last year, seven women and one man filed lawsuits against Four Amigos Travel Inc. and Top Dog Travel Inc., two travel agencies that sell Florida vacation packages over the phone, alleging that the general manager of the Largo facility and eight managers subjected the women to daily sexual harassment
Four Amigos Travel and Top Dog have sales offices in Largo, Orlando, and Ft. Lauderdale.
In 2008, two women went to the EEOC and complained of a number of degrading and humiliating incidents. According to the initial complaints, during sales meetings, the sales manager would discuss “ways to please a woman.”
Among their many complaints, one woman claimed a sales manager forced his knee between her legs and made a vulgar comment and another sales manager pressed his body against a female employee saying, “That’s what I needed.” the Tampa Bay Times reported.
The women alleged that male managers would proposition female employees for sex in the restrooms and touched them inappropriately. The Tampa Bay Times noted that some of the harassment victims were older women up to age 61.
After an investigation, the EEOC determine the two women’s claims had merit and filed their lawsuit in 2011. At least five other female employees came forward with similar allegations and one male manager who was fired for reporting the harassment to the company joined in the lawsuit.
On Wednesday, after a two day trial a jury awarded $20 million to the eight complainants. The EEOC represented five of the plaintiffs, who will each receive $200,000 for damages and back pay; settlements […]