EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY COMMISSION: Christini’s Ristorante Italiano to Pay $80,000 to Settle EEOC Sexual Harassment / Retaliation Lawsuit

By Press release submission | Feb 26, 2019

U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission issued the following announcement on Feb. 21.

Christini's Ristorante Italiano, an Italian restaurant located in Orlando's "Restaurant Row," has agreed to pay $80,000 and furnish other relief to settle a sexual harassment and retaliation lawsuit filed by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the federal agency announced.

The EEOC charged in its suit that the restaurant, through its owner Chris Christakos, also known Chris Christini, created and encouraged a work environment in which un­welcome, sexually charged comments and conduct was permissible and commonplace, and which allowed for the repeated propositioning of a female bartender. She was asked to go on dates; described to restaurant patrons as single and available to date them; subjected to sexual innuendo; and told to dress "sexy" and "date-ready," among other things. When she complained, Christini fired her, the EEOC said.

In addition to the $80,000 monetary award, the consent decree settling the suit provides for significant injunctive relief to help secure a workplace free from unlawful harassment and retaliation in the future. This will include mandatory anti-harassment training for Christini and all employees to be led by a subject matter expert approved by the EEOC. Christini's must also develop, and distribute to its employees, a written anti-harassment policy. The policy will include a discussion of social media as a potential means of workplace harassment that, like other forms, will be not be tolerated. Further, Christini's will hire an independent third-party to operate a telephone hotline for employees to report incidents of discrimination and harassment.

Also, the restaurant must post a notice referencing this lawsuit and consent decree, advising employees of their rights. To ensure that Christini's complies with its obligations, it must submit to a confidential, anonymous workplace climate survey to be provided to the EEOC. Additionally, Christini's will provide a positive written job reference for the bartender.

"Consistent with the Commission's long-time commitment to eradicating sexual discrimination in the workplace, the EEOC will continue to file lawsuits to remedy sexual harassment and to ensure that employees are not retaliated against for complaining about it," said Robert E. Weisberg, regional attorney for the EEOC's Miami District.

Michael Farrell, director of the EEOC's Miami District, added, "Federal law is abundantly clear that sexual harassment will not be tolerated. Employers who ignore anti-discrimination laws should be on notice that they do so at their own peril."

Original source can be found here.

Want to get notified whenever we write about U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission ?

Sign-up Next time we write about U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, we'll email you a link to the story. You may edit your settings or unsubscribe at any time.

Organizations in this Story

U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

More News

The Record Network