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Star Tribune charged with sexual harassment

Star Tribune charged with sexual harassment

The federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission filed sexual harassment charges against the Star Tribune Tuesday.

Employed women at the Star Tribune said that from August 2005 up until now they have been sexually harassed with propositions for sex, sexually suggestive conduct, and favoritism towards women who participated in provocative conduct according to the complaint.-Star Tribune

The lawsuit seeks an unspecified amount of money for the harassed women.

Star Tribune officials say the alleged conduct did not occur as described in the complaint and that the company took corrective action immediately upon hearing the charges in order to prevent further incidents from happening.

“It’s unfortunate that it happened,? Benjamin Taylor, Star Tribune senior vice president of communications, said the company said. “But we disagree with the EEOC conclusions?

The Star Tribune and EEOC are in negotiations to settle the suit before trial.

“While we believe we could prevail in this case, we have told the EEOC that we want to avoid disruption of a lawsuit and have been trying to resolve the case through settlement negotiations,? Helen Wainwright, senior vice president for human resources and labor relations, wrote to employees in a memo Tuesday. –Star Tribune

Sources:

Star Tribune Wednesday, October 1, 2008 “Agency files sexual harassment suit against Star Tribune? by James Walsh