Aqua Tri, Irvine Pool Supply Company, Pays Nearly Half a Mil to Settle Latinas' Sexual Harassment Suit
Although two of the women reported the harassment to Aqua Tri's plant manager and human resources manager, no action was taken against the brutes. Instead, one of the complaining women was demoted (she ultimately quit in protest), while the other was denied overtime, isolated from her co-workers and given tasks outside her job description like cleaning plant toilets, according to the EEOC.
"Although the company cited a 'lack of work' for the layoffs, the EEOC found that the staff, which had good performance records, was replaced by new hires within just a couple of months," reads an EEOC statement on the settlement.
Sexual harassment and retaliation for complaining about it violate Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, notes the EEOC, which originally filed its lawsuit against Aqua Tri in September 2009 in U.S. District Court for the Central District of California. The two sides then set about trying to reach a settlement to avoid trial.
|Aqua Tri HQ on Mitchell in Irvine|
The company must also create a complaint hotline for workers, train all employees on their rights under Title VII in both English and Spanish (with specialized training for supervisors), include compliance to EEO policies in performance evaluations of supervisors and report all discrimination and harassment complaints to the EEOC.
"We commend Aqua Tri for implementing aggressive injunctive relief measures to ensure this will not happen again," Anna Park, regional attorney for the EEOC's Los Angeles District Office, says in the statement.
Sounds as if Aqua Tri didn't have a choice.