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FORT LAUDERDALE: The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has filed a lawsuit against Vacation Resorts Internationale, citing sexual harassment by a male assistant housekeeping manager against Katrina Archer, who worked in grounds-keeping and housekeeping.
Specifically, the EEOC claims that VRI violated federal law when it permitted a manager at the Fort Lauderdale Beach Resort (which VRI manages) to sexually harass Archer and other female employees. EEOC also charged VRI with unlawfully firing Archer when she resisted and reported the harassment.
According to EEOC’s lawsuit, Nelson Perez, a male manager hired by VRI in 2013, “subjected Archer to repeated and egregious sexual harassment beginning around March 2014, including grabbing her breasts, exposing his penis to her, attempting to pull her onto his lap, and repeatedly propositioning her for sex. The male manager also touched other female employees without their consent and made inappropriate comments about their bodies.”
I can’t print some of the things Perez allegedly said to Archer, but suffice it to say that those things are really gross. If you want to see for yourself, you can read the entire complaint here.
ANYhos, Archer repeatedly complained to Perez’s supervisor, who also witnessed some of the harassment herself. Nevertheless, EEOC alleges, nothing was done to stop the harassment. As the harassment worsened, Archer even threatened to complain to Perez’s second-level supervisor and to his wife. Shortly thereafter, Archer was fired.
Both sexual harassment and retaliation for complaining about it violate Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. EEOC filed suit against VRI in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida, Fort Lauderdale Division (EEOC v. Vacation Resorts Int’l, Case No. 0:15-cv-62061, S.D. Fla.) after first attempting to reach a pre-litigation settlement though its conciliation process. The suit seeks back pay, front pay and/or reinstatement, compensatory damages, punitive damages and injunctive relief.
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