For the past 14 years Burger King’s largest franchisee, Carrols Restaurant Group Inc., has been dealing with charges of sexual harassment brought against them by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC).  The EEOC accused Carrols Corp. employees of subjecting female workers to sexual harassment that included “obscene comments, unwanted touching, exposure of genitalia, strip searches and rape.”

After 14 years, Carrols Corp. has finally agreed with the EEOC to settle the sexual harassment charges by agreeing to pay $2.5 million to 89 female employees around the country.

While Carrols Corp. does not admit to any illegal behavior, the company has agreed to supplement its anti-harassment policies, improve training, and report to the EEOC for two years.

What is Sexual Harassment?

Sexual harassment is a form of sex discrimination, which violates Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

What is the Role of the EEOC?

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) is an administrative body with the following powers:

  • The power to administer and enforce Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
  • The power to investigate, litigate and resolve unfair employment practices.
  • The power to take action in a federal district court for appropriate relief and preliminary relief pending disposition of a charge.
  • The power to issue a notice of a right to sue to the charging party following administrative proceedings.

Protect Your Rights!

To learn how to protect your rights at work, contact an experienced sexual harassment attorney in your area.