A former employee of a Sonic Drive-In Restaurant in Georgia will be receiving a $70,000 settlement in a sex discrimination lawsuit, according to the Atlanta Business Chronicle. The settlement, which was reached on Thursday, comes shortly after another sexual harassment case against the Sonic Drive-In franchise that was settled in Grapevine, Texas.
SDI Athens East LLC, which does business as a Sonic Drive-In Restaurant in Athens, Georgia, will be paying the settlement. In this case, an employment lawyer with the U.S Equal Opportunity Commission, alleged that a store manager at the Athens Sonic Drive-In subjected a female carhop to a barrage of sexually charged comments and repeated sexual overtures. Because of the unwanted sexual advances, the female employee felt that she had to resign from her position. The lawsuit was first filed in July 2008 in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Georgia.
At the Sonic Drive-In location in Grapevine, a former female employee also alleged that she was subjected to a a sexually hostile work environment. With a Texas employment lawyer from the EEOC, the woman was able to settle her case for $31,000, according to the Fort-Worth Star Telegram. Yet in both instances, both Sonic Drive-In and SDI Athens denied any liability or wrongdoing.
FindLaw states that sexual harassment in the workplace is a form of sex discrimination that violates Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Texas employment lawyers consider unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature are considered to be common examples of such harassment.
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