Panda Express, one of the nation’s largest fast food chains – has agreed to pay $150,000 to settle a sexual harassment lawsuit.
The lawsuit alleges that a male supervisor at a Kauai, Hawaii location sexually harassed at least three female employees – between the ages of 17 and 19. According to the lawsuit, the employees received “unwelcome physical and verbal sexual conduct” creating a hostile work environment. One of the teens had her hours cut and was forced to resign. Another teen quit to avoid the harassing behavior.
This type of harassment is all too common. Young workers often find themselves subjected to such behavior because being new to the work force, they are vulnerable. Although this harassment took place at a large company an entire ocean away, this happens at small businesses in Los Angeles, just as often as it does at large businesses across the Pacific.
If you live in the Los Angeles area, and you are the victim of sexual harassment – do not hesitate. Contact a Los Angeles sexual harassment attorney immediately.
Many women who are harassed do not know where to turn, and fear that by reporting incidences of harassment, they will be demoted, reprimanded, or even worse, fired. But there are laws to protect against that. A Los Angeles sexual harassment attorney can help you navigate the often scary terrain – and make sure that your rights are protected to the fullest extent of the law.
In the case above, the law yielded the $150,000 settlement – which will be split among the three victims. The ball got rolling on the case when the first person came forward with the courage to report the incident. By doing so, not only did the three victims get awarded the monetary settlement, but they also protected future Panda Express employees from undergoing the same mental and physical anguish that they themselves suffered.
So again, do not hesitate, and do not fear – call a Los Angeles sexual harassment attorney today. A Los Angeles sexual harassment lawyer can give you more information on California state laws as they apply specifically to your case. A Los Angeles sexual harassment attorney can be reached at (213) 985-1466.