Olive Branch Restaurant Settles Mississippi Sexual Harassment Claim

April 24, 2009

An Olive Branch fast food restaurant will have to fork out $40,000 to three former employees and offer sexual harassment prevention training to its current and new employees. That’s according to a settlement agreement on file in a federal court in Oxford.

The agreement comes nearly one year after the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission filed a civil rights lawsuit in U.S. District Court against Sonic Drive-in in Olive Branch.

The lawsuit alleged that restaurant assistant manager Richard Frey verbally and physically harassed three female employees.

It also accused the business of failing to respond to a complaint from one of the employees, Patience Hunt.

According to the settlement, Hunt will receive $27,500, for lost wages and suffering. The other employees are set to receive $2,500 and $10,000.

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Information from: DeSoto Times Today, http://www.desototimes.com

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