The EEOC has filed a lawsuit against a New York City restaurant, Sparks Steakhouse. The complaint alleges that managers routinely harassed and denigrated other male employees, grabbing and fondling them while working their shifts. As well, the employees claim that manager made repeated lewd comments about them while working.
Employees who complained were often given less desirable shifts, and were eventually terminated for bringing the allegations to light. The EEOC, suing on behalf of the employees, is taking an increasingly firm stand on male on male sexual harassment in the workplace. It highlights the trend that more men are coming forward when being harassed, overcoming misconceptions that only females can be harassed.
The EEOC is right to follow up on these accusations, and will hopefully shed more light on this practice.