New York City Sexual Harassment Case Yields $5.8 Million Settlement for Rape Victim and Other Claimants

ABM Industries, a New York City based corporation that provides janitorial, landscaping, and security services, has agreed to pay $5.8 million to 21 female workers to resolve complaints about New York City sexual harassment and hostile work environment.

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission represented the 21 Hispanic women, who claimed that — over a multiyear period starting in 2001 — they experienced a veritable rainbow of unwelcome harassment and mistreatment. One woman alleged that a supervisor actually raped her. Another supervisor was a registered sex offender. All told, the EEOC suit alleged that 14 different supervisors and coworkers mistreated the female employees by touching them in unwelcome ways, making “explicit sexual comments,” groping their private parts, and exposing themselves. The EEOC alleged that ABM allowed a “dangerous and hostile environment” to emerge and that the company did not fire the harassers even after numerous complaints. ABM — which employs over 91,000 workers in Canada and the United States, and which took in over $3.5 billion in sales in 2009 — appeared relieved to settle. The company’s General Counsel said: “While the consent decree explicitly denies wrongdoing by our company, we are pleased to resolve this matter in a manner consistent with our commitment to leading policies and practices.”

All told, in 2009, the EEOC heard around 12,700 charges of sexual harassment.

If you or a coworker or family member has been discriminated against at work, sexually harassed or retaliated against for complaining about mistreatment, you may have significant legal recourse at your disposal. To the end the victimization and to seek punishment against those who harassed you as well as compensation – connect today with the team at Joseph & Kirschenbaum LLP for a free and a confidential consultation. Call the firm at (212) 688-5640, or email a representative