Pizza Hut agrees to settlement in sexual harassment case

June 19, 2003

DALLAS -- Pizza Hut will pay $360,000 to settle a sexual-harassment complaint filed by four women who said they were groped while working in a California restaurant, according to an Associated Press report.

The company also agreed to provide anti-discrimination training and to be monitored by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission for two years.

The EEOC filed a lawsuit on behalf of the former workers, charging that they were touched and groped by a co-worker at a Pizza Hut restaurant in Diamond Bar, Calif.

According to the complaint filed in federal district court, Pizza Hut failed to quickly address and correct the harassment after learning of it, as required by EEOC guidelines and Supreme Court rulings.

Patty Sullivan, a spokeswoman for Pizza Hut, said company officials "take employee complaints like this very seriously, and we investigate very quickly."

Sullivan said the complaint stemmed from one incident six years ago at a restaurant no longer operated by Pizza Hut. The company agreed to settle the case to avoid costly litigation, she said.

The cook who harassed the women quit and was rejected when he tried to revoke his resignation, the EEOC said. The women quit.

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