$120,000 Settlement in Sexual Harassment and Retaliation Lawsuit Against BellSouth Telecommunications

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

BellSouth Telecommunications, LLC, a subsidiary of BellSouth Corporation, will pay $120,000 to two former employees to settle a sexual harassment and retaliation lawsuit brought by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). 

The EEOC charged that two of BellSouth's female employees were sexually harassed by the male manager of the Kennesaw, Ga., call center where they were employed.  Immediately upon the manager's arrival at the call center, he began making inappropriate sexual comments in sales meetings.  Specifically, in his very first meeting with his sales managers he made sexually inappropriate statements and pantomimed engaging in sexual intercourse on the floor of the conference room.  The manager called one woman a "b---h" during a telephone conference with one of his managers, the EEOC said.  He routinely and continually talked about sex and asking out women as analogies when giving speeches in sales meetings, and would make sexual comments about the women's attire.  The manager would also hug the women unwantedly when greeting them and move his hand down their backs toward their posteriors when he did so.  

When the two employees complained, the EEOC said, BellSouth retaliated against them by denying them promotions and demoting them.  All this alleged conduct violates Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which prohibits employers from subjecting employees to discrimination on the basis of sex and from retaliating against employees who complain about such discrimination.  The EEOC filed suit after first attempting to reach a pre-litigation settlement through its conciliation process.  

The consent decree settling the suit, in addition to the monetary relief, includes provisions for equal employment opportunity training and reporting and posting of anti-discrimination notices.  In the lawsuit and consent decree, BellSouth denied any liability or wrongdoing.

BellSouth Telecommunications, LLC is an operating company belonging to Atlanta-based BellSouth Corporation, which in turn is owned by AT&T.  BellSouth Telecommunications provides telephone, Internet and related services in the Southeastern United States.

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