CENTRALIA, IL — A Centralia restaurant has agreed to pay more than $200,000 to settle a sexual harassment lawsuit. According to the EEOC, Long John Silver’s violated federal law when it allowed a teenage female employee at its Centralia restaurant to be sexually harassed.
The agency says the alleged harassment by the two adult male managers included lewd comments, unwanted touching, propositions for sex, and sexually explicit text messages and videos. The teenage employee alleged that Long John Silver’s refused to investigate her complaint and reduced her hours in retaliation.
The two-year consent decree settling the suit requires the company to pay $200,000 to the former employee and also mandates harassment prevention policies and training among other relief.