Chicago Fitness Club to Pay $45K to Settle Sex Harassment Suit

May 30, 2019

A Chicago fitness club will pay $45,000 and provide other relief to settle a federal sex harassment and retaliation lawsuit brought

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) says an employee of Lakeshore Sport and Fitness filed a discrimination charge against the company alleging she had been sexually harassed by another employee while working in the club’s restaurant and that her complaints were ignored.

The employee claimed that the company fired her for making the complaints. Two other female employees also claimed that they were sexually harassed by the same employee.

Such alleged conduct violates Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The EEOC filed suit (EEOC v. LHC Operating LLC d/b/a Lakeshore Sport and Fitness, No. 1:17-cv-06803) in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois in Chicago on Sept. 20, 2017 after first trying to reach a pre-litigation settlement through its conciliation process.

The consent decree settling the suit, entered by U.S. Magistrate Judge Gilbert on May 9, prohibits future sex harassment and retaliation and provides that Lakeshore will pay $45,000 to three former employees; post a notice of the settlement; and train its managers and supervisors regarding employer obligations and the rights of employees under Title VII.

“Particularly in this era of #metoo, employers must recognize the importance of taking claims of sexual harassment seriously,” Julianne Bowman, district director for the EEOC’s Chicago District, said in the agency’s announcement.

Source: EEOC

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