Dillard's Accused of Ignoring Sexual Harassment Complaints

September 24, 2007 (PLANSPONSOR.com) - A male manager at an Orlando-based Dillard's department store sexually harassed male employees by repeatedly exposing himself and making sexually explicit and derogatory comments, according to a suit filed by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC).

According to a news report from the Orlando Sentinel, the agency filed the sexual harassment suit in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida accusing the department store of violating federal law when it ignored employees’ complaints of sexual harassment.

According to the complaint, the Little Rock, Arkansas-based company’s failure to take action facilitated at least one other employee to be harmed.

“There is no excuse for an employer’s failure to remedy sexual harassment of employees who have complained to management,” said Federico Costales, the district director for the EEOC’s Miami office, in a statement.

According to the suit, the agency went to court after trying to reach a voluntary settlement. The EEOC wants monetary and injunctive relief, including back wages, compensatory damages and changes in employment policies.