13320079_sOn November 5, 2012, we reported on an EEOC lawsuit against Señor Frog’s, a chain of Mexican-themed restaurants, as well as its staffing company, for “rampant sexual harassment of its female employees in Honolulu.”  The suit alleged that “widespread sexual harassment was out of control, stemming from Señor Frog’s owner himself.”

“[A]t least nine female servers and bartenders were repeatedly bombarded with sexual propositions, explicit sexual remarks, groping, grabbing, and exposure of genital areas by male managers, and even ordered to perform sexual favors for high-level Señor Frog officials.”

The regional EEOC attorney stated that “We are troubled by the increase of sexual harassment cases and companies continuing to fail to take this problem seriously.”

The EEOC previously settled with the Hawaii staffing company with which Frog had contracted to provide HR services and oversee the company’s non-management staff for $150,000.  It has now just reported that the company has agreed to settle the case for $350,000, and other relief.  “The company closed its Honolulu establishment in August 2012. Notwithstanding, if [it] chooses to open another restaurant or chooses to reopen the Señor Frog’s in Hawaii, the consent decree requires substantial injunctive relief including the creation and distribution of an anti-harassment policy along with annual training for all restaurant employees to prevent future instances of sexual harassment, discrimination and retaliation. The EEOC will monitor compliance with the agreement.”

As EEOC attorney said that “Our young workers [a/k/a “vulnerable workers”] are all too often the targets of the most insidious forms of sexual harassment, which can spread like wildfire at work.  Employers who fail to fulfill their moral and legal obligation to prevent and immediately stop the sexual abuse of its young workers will answer to the EEOC.”