Unfortunately, there are times when employees in Minnesota and elsewhere feel mistreated or discriminated against in the workplace. While it can be an uncomfortable and emotional situation, employees should understand that specific legislation has been passed to protect the rights afforded to employees, allowing them to take action if they are violated.
Many Minnesotans have had the unpleasant experience of working under a boss with whom they just could not get along, and felt this conflict hurting their careers. Occasional clashes of personalities may be unavoidable, but when the root of the problem is unlawful employment discrimination, that is another matter.
Mendota Restaurants has been ordered to pay $150,000 to 12 victims who endured sexual harassment by a Taco Bell store manager for over a year. The claim, which had been filed by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission on behalf of the victims, included several cases of sexual assault, touching, sexual advances and comments. The EEOC also stated that the victims, most in their teens, had repeatedly complained about the sexual harassment, but the organization either fired them or drove them to resign. According to the lawsuit, the severe intensity of abuse made five of the 12 victims file complaints with the Mendota police department.