Many companies throughout the country have headquarters in one state while having locations in several others. The Original HoneyBaked Ham Co. of Georgia Inc. is one such business, which happens to have a location in Highlands Ranch, Colorado. Unfortunately for this business, a payout of $370,000 will likely have a significant impact on its bottom line.
The payout comes as the result of what appears to have been substantial employment law violations at the Colorado location of this company. According to the reports, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission filed a lawsuit based on complaints that originated from the former supervisor of the Colorado location. Apparently this former supervisor, a female, alleged that several female employees at that location faced sexual harassment, and as a result of her efforts to report the problems to higher corporate management she was terminated.
The $370,000 payout represents a settlement in the case that will go to the former supervisor as well as several other female employees of the company. As is standard in many types of settlements in this kind of case the company has also agreed re-train many employees about discrimination laws and sexual harassment.
This type of lawsuit can undoubtedly be a black eye for any business, and perhaps many of our Colorado readers will view this company in a different light as a result of this case. However, a lawsuit can also serve as a catalyst toward changing discriminatory practices. When sexual harassment occurs in the workplace those responsible need to be held accountable. While the upper management may not always play a direct role in the discrimination, the company as a whole is responsible for the actions of their employees.
Source: Business Insurance, "HoneyBaked Ham settles EEOC sexual harassment, retaliation lawsuit," Judy Greenwald, June 27, 2013