The owner of seven IHOP restaurants in the Albuquerque, N.M., area has agreed to pay $1 million to settle a lawsuit alleging one of his managers sexually harassed a number of female workers, including teenagers.
The U.S Equal Employment Opportunity Commission announced the settlement Tuesday, saying it was the second largest for the agency’s Albuquerque office.
The class-action lawsuit alleged a manager at the restaurants owned by Fahim Adi in Bernalillo and Sandoval counties subjected women and teenagers to sexually offensive comments, innuendo and unwanted touching. The suit said some of the women were forced to quit.
Under the settlement, the EEOC says at least 22 women will get payments and the restaurants will provide employees with anti-discrimination training.