Wednesday, August 29, 2007
EEOC Settles Claim with University of Phoenix
SANTA TERESA The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has settled a second sexual harassment claim against the University of Phoenix's campus here by a former employee.
The commission said the settlement supplements a resolution reached in July 2006 for another former employee who had claimed harassment and retaliation while working at the Santa Teresa campus.
In the latest case, the commission claimed that Lorreta Grado was subjected to sexually offensive comments and conduct by a high-ranking management official at the campus.
A lawsuit filed by the EEOC on behalf of Grado said the woman also was punished for complaining about the harassment by being denied a promotion.
A message seeking comment was left Wednesday with the University of Phoenix.
The EEOC said the university will pay Grado and her attorney $225,000 and Grado will receive a letter of reference and a letter of apology.
The settlement also requires the university to train its New Mexico employees to prevent sex discrimination and retaliation.
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