Consent decree aimed at resolving harassment suit

April 16, 2002|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

A consent decree has been sent to U.S. District Court to resolve a sexual harassment lawsuit filed last year against the White Marsh Double T Diner, the Baltimore District Office of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission announced yesterday.

The suit, filed in June, alleges that diner waitresses were sexually harassed by way of touching and sexually suggestive, lurid and derogatory comments. Those who complained were berated, fired or felt they had to quit because of the working conditions, according to the suit.

Under terms of the decree, which needs only the approval of U.S. District Judge Marvin J. Garbis, the diner's owner, Lagadinos Inc., would pay $300,000 in damages to be distributed equally among 12 former Double T waitresses. In addition, the company would create a sexual harassment policy.

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