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ARTICLE ID 190751

$________ – SEXUAL HARASSMENT – CLASS ACTION HARASSMENT AND RETALIATION REGARDING FORMER TRAVEL AGENCY AND MANAGER.

U.S. District Court - Middle District of Florida

In this matter, the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission sued on behalf of a class of employees victimized by sexual harassment and retaliation in their workplace. The matter was resolved via jury verdict after the defendant denied the accusation.

The complainants in this matter included five former employees of Ronald S. and his businesses Four Amigos/Top Dog Travel, Inc. at their Key Largo location. According to subsequent complaint, travel agency owner Ronald S. and male managers working at Four Amigos/Top Dog’s Largo facility subjected a class of female employees to egregious sexual harassment on a daily basis, including unwanted sexual advances, physical touching and repeated propositions for sex in their work environment. Complainant Manager Brian E. was terminated from his employment after bringing forth the complaints of victims. Thereafter, the former employees filed a complaint with the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, accusing Ronald S. and his company’s managers of sexual harassment and retaliation.

The EEOC filed suit in the United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida after first attempting to reach a pre-litigation settlement through its conciliation process. The defendant Ronald S., Four Amigos Travel, Inc. and Top Dog Travel, Inc. were accused of sexual harassment and retaliation for complaints arising therefrom, both of which violating Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of ________. Former employees Anna Patricia M., Lisamarie H-E. and Brian E. later entered the case as intervenors.The jury found for the plaintiff and awarded $20 million in damages, including $2.5 million in compensatory damages and $10 million in punitive damages to five former employees, as well as $________ in back pay. The jury also awarded plaintiff/intervenors Anne Patricia M. and Lisamarie H.-E., and Brian E., $________ million in compensatory damages and $6 million in punitive damages, as well as an additional $________ in back pay.

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