The Original HoneyBaked Ham Company has agreed to pay $370,000 to settle a sexual harassment and retaliation lawsuit filed by the EEOC.
According to the EEOC's lawsuit, female HoneyBaked Ham employees were subjected to sexual harassment and were fired and otherwise retaliated against when they complained. The lawsuit alleged that when a female employee reported her harassment complaint up the chain of command, she was terminated.
HoneyBaked Ham has agreed to pay $370,000 and agreed to ensure that all of its employees are trained on sexual harassment and the anti-retaliation provisions of Title VII. HoneyBaked Ham will also furnish the EEOC with reports on gender discrimination, including sexual harassment complaints.
Retaliation complaints have been on the rise. Over the last two years, retaliation claims have been the most prevalent types of charges filed by the EEOC. In 2012, approximately 38% of the charges filed with the EEOC were retaliation charges.
EEOC Denver Field Office Director Nancy Sienko added, “We are pleased that HoneyBaked Ham will take the needed steps under this agreement to improve awareness of sexual harassment and to establish procedures that protect employees who complain.”