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Yosemite lodge settles harassment case for $195,000

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FRESNO ― DNC Parks & Resorts at Tenaya, Inc. which operates Tenaya Lodge, a hotel and resort near Yosemite National Park in California, will pay $195,000 and furnish other relief to settle a federal charge of sexual harassment and retaliation filed with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the federal agency announced Wednesday.

In 2010, a female employee filed the EEOC charge of discrimination alleging that a male supervisor made sexual comments and referenced an image of a sexual nature. The female employee further alleged that upon reporting the sexual harassment, the male supervisor retaliated against her by issuing written discipline and treating her differently.

Following an EEOC investigation, the director of EEOC’s Fresno Local Office determined that there was reasonable cause to believe that the female employee was sexually harassed and subjected to retaliation for reporting that harassment. The EEOC also found reasonable cause to believe that a class of other female employees was also sexually harassed due to gender.

Tenaya Lodge denied the allegations and did not admit to liability while agreeing to settle the matter. The agreement provides for $100,000 in monetary relief for the female employee who filed the EEOC charge. An additional $95,000 is designated as a class fund for eligible claimants who also encountered sexual harassment and/or retaliation while working at Tenaya Lodge...


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