Hometown Buffet has agreed to settle a lawsuit that was filed against the restaurant chain by the EEOC on behalf of teens and women who were subjected to a sexually hostile workplace that included verbal and physical abuse. As part of the settlement, Hometown Buffet will pay $710,000 to the victims and will implement measures designed to prevent sexual harassment at its El Cahon location.
The EEOC alleged that Hometown Buffet tolerated and failed to prevent a pattern of ongoing sexual harassment in which male managers, supervisors, and co-workers subjected female employees to a sexually hostile workplace, including groping, hugging, kissing, sexual advances, and stalking employees outside the workplace.
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