EEOC SETTLES SEXUAL HARASSMENT AGAINST BLACKWATER
The EEOC filed a sexual harassment and retaliation lawsuit against Blackwater Protection & Detective Agency, LLC. The complaint described how the owner, Asdel Vazquez, continuously targeted a female employee with brazen sexual comments and suggestions that the two engage in sexual acts. Vazquez also pet the employee’s hair while she worked and called her after work hours when she was at home. After the female employee rejected Vazquez’s sexual advances and told Mr. Vazquez that she wanted to “keep things professional”, she was fired.
Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 protects against sexual harassment and retaliatory termination in the workplace. The EEOC filed suit in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida, settling with a $35,000 payout for the female employee targeted by Vazquez. Blackwater Protection & Detective Agency, LLC will also hire an independent EEOC consultant to manage sexual discrimination claims, create a company-wide policy to address sexual harassment, and “create a hotline to receive anonymous complaints of harassment”.
Vazquez and all other managers and employees of Blackwater will also receive in-person sexual harassment training, with Vazquez receiving one-on-one training. The EEOC hopes that this settlement package will send a message to company officials that will deter them from using their positions of power to overlook policies against sexual harassment in the workplace.
If you or someone you know has been discriminated against or sexually harassed at work, please call KC Hopkinson or James M. Thompson at Thompson Legal Center at (813) 769-3900. Our office only handles employment cases. Please call us today and we will help guide and protect you on your path to justice!