Male Room Inspector Sexually Harassed Female Housekeeper,
Federal Agency Charges
Today’s post is regarding a February 7, 2020 news bulletin from the EEOC’s St. Louis District Office notifying us that it is suing two operators of DoubleTree hotels (Vinca Enterprises, Inc. and Puri Group of Enterprises, Inc. (PGEI)) in Jefferson City, MO for alleged sexual harassment of a female housekeeper by a male room inspector. According to the EEOC, management and one of the owners were aware of the conduct but failed to investigate the allegations, allowing the unwelcome harassment to continue.
The EEOC was unable to resolve the case through conciliation and filed suit in U.S. District Court for the Western District of Missouri (Equal Employment Opportunity Commission v. Vinca Enterprises, Inc. and Puri Group of Enterprises, Inc., Civil Action No. 2:20-cv-04021-NKL) seeking monetary relief, an order prohibiting future sexual harassment, employee training, and new policies and procedures on sexual harassment.
Sexual Harassment Notes
Sexual harassment violates Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
Employer Coverage – 15 or more employees
- Non-Federal Employers, 180 days to file a charge (may be extended by state laws)
- Federal employees have 45 days to contact an EEO Counselor