Company Failed to Stop the Rampant Sexual Harassment of Female Employees, Federal Agency Charges
ATLANTA – Mediacom Communications Corp., a nationwide provider of telecommunications services, will pay $175,000 and provide other relief to settle a sexual harassment lawsuit filed by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the federal agency announced today.
According to the EEOC’s lawsuit, a male customer service employee, working in Mediacom’s Valdosta, Ga., facility, made sexual advances towards female customer service representatives, including exposing himself. Three female customer service employees reported the harassment to the company. Despite the complaints, the company failed to take prompt, remedial action to stop the harassment.
Such conduct violates Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which prohibits sexual harassment in the workplace. The EEOC filed suit (Civil Action No. 7:18-cv-00166-HL) in U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Georgia after first attempting to reach a pre-litigation settlement through its conciliation process.
Under the consent decree resolving the lawsuit, Mediacom will pay $175,000 in monetary damages to the three women subjected to the harassment. Mediacom will also conduct regular reporting, monitoring, annual training, distribution of anti-harassment and anti-discrimination policies, and posting notices about this suit.
“After receiving multiple complaints, the company knew this harassment was occurring and failed to protect its employees as required by law,” said Marcus G. Keegan, regional attorney for the Atlanta District Office. “The EEOC is pleased that the three former employees have been compensated and that the company will implement training on its anti-harassment policies to prevent such abuse from occurring again in the future.”
Darrell Graham, district director of the Atlanta office, said, “The EEOC is committed to seeking relief for workers who are harmed by employers who fail to protect employees from known sexual harassment and who discriminate against employees on the basis of sex.”
The EEOC advances opportunity in the workplace by enforcing federal laws prohibiting employment discrimination. More information is available at www.eeoc.gov.