Restaurant Chain Settles Harassment Suit

Restaurant Chain Settles Harassment Suit

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- Two restaurant companies have settled a class-action lawsuit filed by female workers who claimed they were physically assaulted by managers, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission said Monday.

The EEOC said JB's Family Restaurants Inc. and Summit Family Restaurants Inc. will pay more than $435,000 to 12 women, give them written apologies and offer them jobs. The women sued under the federal Civil Rights Act.

One woman claimed she was forcibly sexually assaulted by a manager, while others said they were touched sexually without consent. The E-E-O-C's suit claimed at least one of the women was fired after she complained about the treatment.

The alleged harassment took place in several restaurants in the Salt Lake City area.

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