From labor disputes cases to labor and employment publications, for your research, you’ll find solutions on Bloomberg Law®. Protect your clients by developing strategies based on Litigation...
A rue21 assistant manager in Vidalia, Ga., sexually harassed another assistant manager, and the teen apparel retailer did nothing to stop it, the EEOC charges in a federal lawsuit ( EEOC v. rue21, inc. , S.D. Ga., No. 6:17-cv-00122, complaint filed 9/15/17 ).
The prevention of sexual and other workplace harassment is one of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s strategic enforcement priorities, and the agency Jan. 10 released for public comment a draft of revised enforcement guidance on the issue. In June 2016, a 16-member EEOC task force issued a report on workplace harassment, which found that places of employment that rely on customer service or client satisfaction are among those most at risk for creating an atmosphere in which sexual harassment can flourish.
The unnamed assistant manager’s harassment of Aarena Scott grew so bad that Scott was forced to quit, the EEOC says in the lawsuit filed Sept. 15 in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Georgia. The harassment allegedly included improper touching of Scott’s shoulder, stomach, and breasts and asking her if she was a virgin, the EEOC asserts.
The harassment purportedly began even before the unnamed manager was hired, as she allegedly visited the store as a customer to bother Scott. The harassment also included the unnamed manager telling her—as well as Scott’s partner—that she was attracted to Scott, according to the lawsuit.
The Warrendale, Pa.-based retailer didn’t respond Sept. 18 to Bloomberg BNA’s request for comment. ‘The EEOC in a Sept. 18 email declined to comment on the filing.
Scott’s multiple requests for a schedule change to avoid the alleged harasser were denied, the EEOC charges. Scott also complained numerous times to her store manager and rue21 inc.'s corporate office, but her verbal complaints didn’t result in any effort to rectify the situation. The district manager even joined in on the harassment by texting Scott that her harasser wanted to engage in an orgy with Scott, according to the agency.
Scott ultimately filed a written compliant with her district manager, but she resigned in frustration three days after filing that complaint, the EEOC says.
It wasn’t until Scott resigned that rue21 finally offered to transfer her to a different store. But the proposed transfer was to a store in Douglas, Ga., which was 60 miles from Scott’s home.
This appears to be the first time in the past five years that the company has been sued in federal court for workplace sexual harassment, according to Bloomberg Law analytics.
Attorneys in the the EEOC’s Savannah, Ga., office represent the commission. No attorney had filed an appearance yet for rue21.
To contact the reporter on this story: Patrick Dorrian in Washington at firstname.lastname@example.org
Text of the complaint is available at http://www.bloomberglaw.com/public/document/Equal_Employment_Opportunity_Commission_v_rue21_inc_Docket_No_617?doc_id=X1Q6NTAFJK82&imagename=1-1.pdf.
Copyright © 2017 The Bureau of National Affairs, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
All Bloomberg BNA treatises are available on standing order, which ensures you will always receive the most current edition of the book or supplement of the title you have ordered from Bloomberg BNA’s book division. As soon as a new supplement or edition is published (usually annually) for a title you’ve previously purchased and requested to be placed on standing order, we’ll ship it to you to review for 30 days without any obligation. During this period, you can either (a) honor the invoice and receive a 5% discount (in addition to any other discounts you may qualify for) off the then-current price of the update, plus shipping and handling or (b) return the book(s), in which case, your invoice will be cancelled upon receipt of the book(s). Call us for a prepaid UPS label for your return. It’s as simple and easy as that. Most importantly, standing orders mean you will never have to worry about the timeliness of the information you’re relying on. And, you may discontinue standing orders at any time by contacting us at 1.800.960.1220 or by sending an email to email@example.com.
Put me on standing order at a 5% discount off list price of all future updates, in addition to any other discounts I may quality for. (Returnable within 30 days.)
Notify me when updates are available (No standing order will be created).
This Bloomberg BNA report is available on standing order, which ensures you will all receive the latest edition. This report is updated annually and we will send you the latest edition once it has been published. By signing up for standing order you will never have to worry about the timeliness of the information you need. And, you may discontinue standing orders at any time by contacting us at 1.800.372.1033, option 5, or by sending us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Put me on standing order
Notify me when new releases are available (no standing order will be created)