EEOC Teaches Teens on Harassment; More Become Aware of Rights

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EEOC Teaches Teens on Harassment; More Become Aware of Rights


Byline: Tom Ramstack, THE WASHINGTON TIMES

Stefany Ferguson's attitude toward sexual harassment is just what the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission wants as teenagers head off to summer jobs: zero tolerance.

Miss Ferguson, 18, said her first response to unwanted attention would be to "tell my manager."

If the harassment came from a supervisor, "I would quit, or I would go tell the person higher than him," said the barista at the Borders bookstore cafe in Silver Spring.

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) said its Youth@Work initiative is paying off, with more teenagers like Miss Ferguson aware of their rights. The agency that protects workers' rights started the program four years ago to raise awareness of teen sexual harassment.

Since then, EEOC officials said, more teenagers are reporting harassment on the job.

Some of the complaints have led to lawsuits that the EEOC files on behalf of workers.

The agency resolved one of the lawsuits this month when a Rochester, N.Y., safety-products distributor agreed to pay $375,000 to some of its female employees.

Four of the employees were teenagers.

The harassment included inappropriate touching, sexual advances and vulgar comments, according to the EEOC's lawsuit on behalf of 18 women and girls employed by the company.

The EEOC used the case to renew warnings about sexual harassment in workplaces of teenagers as they start looking for summer jobs.

"We caution companies to be mindful that teenage employees are especially vulnerable to workplace harassment because of their inexperience," said Spencer H. Lewis Jr., the EEOC's New York district director.

The U.S. Department of Labor reports that as many as 7.

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