EEOC Rejects ‘Boys Will Be Boys’ Excuse for Same-Sex Harassment on Construction Site

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Atlas Electrical Construction, Inc., a New Mexico electrical contracting company, has agreed to pay $195,000 to settle a sexual harassment and retaliation lawsuit filed by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). Let’s take a closer look at the case.

Background of the Case

The EEOC alleged that Atlas allowed its worksite superintendent to sexually harass male employees through name-calling, sexual comments and innuendos, and at least one incident of touching an employee’s genitalia. Although several employees complained to the foreman and the company, nothing was allegedly done to prevent the harassment, nor did Atlas agree to a male employee’s request

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