First Mutual Settles Sexual Harassment Case

July 27, 2005 ( - First Mutual Corp. agreed to a settlement of a lawsuit claiming a male former employee was sexually harassed by a female coworker.

Newsday reports that the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) filed the lawsuit against First Mutual Corp. for civil rights violations when it ignored complaints of sexual harassment from Louis Oblea Jr., a loan officer.

The lawsuit claims a female co-worker subjected Oblea to offensive, inappropriate touching, sexual comments and obscene e-mails starting in December 2003. The EEOC claims Oblea was fired in retaliation in January 2004.

The company admitted no wrongdoing in the settlement. They agreed to pay Oblea $25,000, distribute clear policies against discrimination and retaliation to all employees, and establish a complaint procedure, according to the Newsday report.