According to the EEOC complaint, an assistant manager and a cook at the restaurant’s Noble Street location subjected several women to "unwelcome, offensive and degrading sexual misconduct."
Despite the settlement, the agreement states the company denies all allegations brought in the complaint.
The agency’s suit, filed in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Alabama, says the two male employees touched female workers in a sexual manner as well as made sexual gestures, statements and requests. The suit also states one of the men threatened his co-worker with assault if she filed a complaint with the EEOC.
Two female employees of the restaurant will receive $71,500 from the settlement. The remaining $20,000 will be given to other employees, with the EEOC determining the amount for each affected worker.
As part of the agreement, the company, referred to in court documents as Coley’s #101 LLC, will also revise its written policy on sexual harassment concerning violations of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The company will also have to develop a written procedure for dealing with harassment claims and investigations as well as conduct training sessions with all employees and provide a report of all harassment claims and investigations to an EEOC attorney.
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