A legendary New York steakhouse is paying $600,000 to settle a sexual harassment claim. Sparks Steak House, the site of a mafia murder in the 1980s, is settling after a male manager was accused of sexually harassing 22 male waiters at the restaurant. According to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Sparks Steak House failed to stop the unwanted sexual conduct that took place over nearly eight years. The manager was accused of groping the male waiters, making lewd sexual comments to them and trying to touch their genitals.
Some of the waiters complained about the incidents, but the harassment persisted. The EEOC also said that some of the victims who came forward were retaliated against.
While many people may think sexual harassment is something that occurs between opposite sexes, with the woman as the victim, according to the EEOC, roughly 16 percent of all sexual harassment incidents reported are filed by men. The agency explains it has filed an increasing number of lawsuits involving male victims and hopes to send a message that any type of unwanted sexual misconduct is unacceptable.
Aside from the monetary settlement, Sparks has been ordered to establish a hotline for reporting discrimination and sexual harassment, update their sexual harassment policy and conduct anti-discrimination training for employees.
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