The ‘rent-to-own’ retail chain Aaron Rents Inc. settled a sexual harassment lawsuit filed by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission on behalf of a young woman who was subjected to a sexually hostile work environment by the general manager of Aaron’s Fairview Heights store in Illinois.
The store manager allegedly often made sexually explicit comments and requested sex from a 20-year-old employee. The EEOC lawsuit stated that the manager “touched Alford’s body in a sexually offensive manner on a number of occasions and he exposed himself to her several times. Alford complained to her direct supervisor and called the company hotline but no action was taken to end the harassment. In October 2006, [the manager] sexually assaulted Alford in the Fairview Heights facility.”