Imperial Pacific Pays $ 105,000 to Settle EEOC Sex Discrimination, Harassment and Retaliation Lawsuit | United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC)
Marianas Casino is sexually harassed and retaliates against employees, accused by federal agency
SAIPAN, CNMI – Imperial Pacific, based in Saipan, will pay $ 105,000 and provide other remedies to settle a lawsuit of gender discrimination, sexual harassment and retaliation brought by the US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), announced the federal agency today. Imperial Pacific International, LLC, doing business as Best Sunshine International, operated the Best Sunshine Casino in Saipan, where the alleged violations occurred. Imperial Pacific is a subsidiary based primarily active in casinos, entertainment and hotels / resorts, with a parent company based in Hong Kong.
According to the EEOC lawsuit, Imperial Pacific violated federal law by allowing its customers to sexually harass its employees, including sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and sexual physical touching. According to the lawsuit, an Imperial Pacific executive ordered an employee to escort a drunk male client to her villa, where she was forcefully kissed and subjected to unwelcome sexual offers. The EEOC also accused Imperial Pacific of retaliating against female employees for complaining of sexual harassment by firing them or forcing them to resign.
The EEOC further claimed that Imperial Pacific had engaged in gender discrimination in terms of employment by assigning different duties to female VIP service hosts and male VIP service hosts, including requiring that hosts Female service staff, but not male hosts, serve food and drink to male customers, making them particularly vulnerable to unwanted sexual physical contact and advances.
Gender discrimination, including sexual harassment, and retaliation for complaining about it violates Title VII of the Civil Rights Act 1964. The EEOC has filed a lawsuit in the Mariana Islands Federal District Court of North. [EEOC v. Imperial Pacific International (CNMI), LLC, dba Best Sunshine International et al., Case No. 1:19-cv-00017] after first attempting to reach a pre-litigation settlement through its voluntary conciliation process.
In addition to the $ 105,000 monetary relief, Imperial Pacific has agreed to review and revise its employment practices to ensure that it complies with federal law and to provide in-person training in English and in Chinese to all employees on sexual harassment, including sexual harassment. by customers and retaliation.
In addition, Imperial Pacific will establish a 1-800 helpline; conduct EEO compliance audits; establish appropriate record keeping and reporting procedures; and retain an external EEO controller in conjunction with an internal EEO coordinator to oversee compliance with these conditions. The court will maintain jurisdiction over the case for the four-year term of the consent decree.
“Federal protections against harassment and retaliation extend to all workers in the Northern Mariana Islands,” said Anna Park, regional prosecutor for the Los Angeles District of the EEOC, which includes the Northern Mariana Islands in her statement. jurisdiction. “Employers must be aware of their responsibility to create a work environment free from discrimination and harassment for all employees, including foreign workers.”
Raymond Griffin Jr., director of the EEOC’s local office in Honolulu, said, “Sadly, sexual harassment and retaliation remain pervasive in the workplace today. We are unequivocal in our unwavering commitment to enforce federal protections against all forms of gender discrimination and retaliation in our geographic jurisdiction, including the Northern Mariana Islands.
Preventing harassment at work through systemic litigation and investigations is one of the six national priorities identified in the Commission’s strategic implementation plan.
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