U.S. Accuses Firm's Bosses of Harassing Women Employees
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission filed a class action lawsuit against the Cendant Corporation?s travel service Cheap Tickets yesterday, charging the company with allowing blatant and widespread sexual harassment of female employees by supervisors at its now closed Los Angeles office. Stemming from allegations of sexual propositioning, verbal and physical abuse, and retaliation against the former employee who first contacted the EEOC, the suit on behalf of at least seven former employees was filed after attempts at a settlement fell through. In addition to up to $300,000 in compensation for each of the victims, the EEOC is seeking injunctions against the company preventing it from engaging in sexual discrimination or retaliation against employees who speak out, as well requirements that the company take concrete action to reform a corporate environment pervaded by discrimination and harassment.