EEOC Consent Decree Reached with GRK Fresh Holdings in Sexual Harassment Case

A recently-issued Consent Decree in the matter of EEOC v. GRK Pas LLC d/b/a GRK Fresh Greek, 2020 WL 3073786 (S.D.N.Y. June 10, 2020) reflects the resolution of plaintiffs’ hostile work environment sexual harassment claims asserted under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

From the Decree:

Considering Defendants’ ongoing financial difficulties. the COVID-19 pandemic. the Governor of New York’s Executive Order 202.8 reducing the in-person workforce of non-essential businesses by 100%. and the effect of that order on Defendants’ operations, the parties agree to the following monetary relief. Defendants will pay the total gross sum of $32,000 in monetary damages to Charging Party Binaso and a class of aggrieved female employees (collectively with Binaso. “the Claimants”), in amounts designated by the EEOC.

The document also provides for, among other things, injunctive relief (forbidding defendants “from subjecting any employee to a hostile work environment based on sex”), as well as “four hours of live, in-person training regarding the proper handling and investigation of complaints of harassment, other discrimination, and retaliation[.]”

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