A Las Vegas plumbing company and its units will pay $500,000 to settle a lawsuit filed by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission accusing it of sexually harassing female employees.
The agency said in a statement Thursday that since 2017, Focus Plumbing LLC had subjected a class of monolingual Spanish-speaking female employees to a hostile work environment and sexual harassment that included unwanted touching, groping, sexual advances and sexually offensive comments and requests.
The agency also said employees were threatened if they rejected the sexual advances, while others who accepted the sexual acts were offered better duties and hours.
In addition to paying $500,000, the company will provide specialized sexual harassment training to human resources managers and executives, among other provisions of the consent decree, the EEOC said.
Focus attorney Wendy Medura Krincek, a shareholder at Littler Mendelson PC in Las Vegas, said in a statement, “The Focus companies voluntarily agreed to settle the matter without admitting any fault and denying that they violated any laws.
“The requirements in the settlement agreement are consistent with practices and policies that were already in place.”;