Burger King Sex Case: 89 Female Employees Receive $2.5 Million Over Sexual Harassment Settlement

By Staff Reporter on January 11, 2013 12:23 PM EST

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Burger King franchisee Carrols Corp pays out $2.5 million to settle 14-year sexual harassment lawsuit. (Photo: Creative Commons)

A sexual harassment case involving the largest Burger King franchisee, Carrols Corp, has dragged on for 14 years before the company finally agreed to a large pay-out to the tune of $2.5 million dollars in order to avoid litigation. The major pay-out is a settlement with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), which represented the women employed by Carrols Corp that suffered sexual harassment at work. Carrols Corp did not make an admission to guilt.

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Syracuse, New York-based Carrols Corp operates nearly 600 Burger king franchises across 13 states in the USA. Employing roughly 17,000 employees to operate its restaurants, the Huffington Post reported that as many as 89 women working for Carrols Corp had been a victim of sexual harassment.

According to the victims, a range of shocking incidents of harassment include everything from obscene comments and unwanted physical contact, to strip searches involving the exposure of genitalia and even accusations of rape.

Many of the 89 victims were young women, including some still in their teens.

While the company denies that its management or its employees were ever involved with any indecent acts, the company promised it will take steps in improving "its ability to respond to harassment claims" in the future.

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