Promens USA has agreed to pay a $225,000 sexual harassment settlement in a lawsuit filed by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). The Chicago EEOC office sued the plastics manufacturing company on behalf of four women over sexual harassment, retaliation for rejecting their supervisor’s sexual advances, and denial of job opportunities due to gender.
According to the EEOC, a Promens supervisor engaged in quid pro quo sexual harassment with temporary female workers. Quid pro quo harassment generally means that the supervisor made a condition of the job contingent on the workers’ consenting to the sexual harassment. In this case, the supervisor made repeated sexual advances on the temporary workers and conditioned the women’s continued employment on their acceptance of the sexual advances. If the women turned him down, the EEOC alleges the supervisor fired them.