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The lawsuit accuses the restaurant of violating Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which forbids sexual harassment or retaliation against anyone who complains about it.
The pending lawsuit accuses a manager of requesting sex from the workers and touching them against their will.
However, lawsuits are not the goal of the Youth@Work initiative. Instead, the EEOC is trying to be proactive by teaching teenagers and their employers how to avoid sexual harassment.
“We are reaching out to and working cooperatively with the employer community to promote voluntary compliance,” said David Grinberg, EEOC spokesman.
The agency has sponsored more than 3,400 of the outreach events since the program started in 2004. EEOC officials said the initiative reached more than 212,000 students, teachers and employers, and suggested that it could explain why more teenagers are reporting harassment.
Keeisha Lee, a 16-year-old ice-cream scooper at the Ben & Jerry’s at City Place Mall in Silver Spring, said she learned about her rights in cases of sexual harassment from “friends, teachers, my parents.”
“If it did come down to that, I’d press charges,” said Keeisha, who wants to become a lawyer.
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