New York Civil Rights Violation Lawyer Applauds EEOC Sparks Steakhouse Lawsuit, Part of Effort to Increase Awareness of Male-on-Male Sexual Harassment in Workplace

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New York civil rights violation lawyer David Perecman of The Perecman Firm comments on the male-on-male sexual harassment lawsuit against Sparks Steak House. To settle the lawsuit, the restaurant will pay $600,000 and take steps to introduce a number of anti-discrimination policies.

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While it's not 100% clear if more men are being harassed or if more men are willing to file a formal complaint against workplace behavior, more men are becoming aware of their workplace rights.

Sparks Steak House will pay $600,000 to settle a sexual harassment and retaliation lawsuit filed by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), reported http:// [The Washington Post. The lawsuit involved allegations of a male manager sexually harassing 22 male waiters over an almost eight-year period. Said New York civil rights violation lawyer David Perecman, sexual harassment in the workplace is unlawful whether it involves male or female harassers or targets, employees of the same sex or the opposite sex.

The lawsuit against Sparks Steak House highlights a growing EEOC desire to call attention to male-on-male sexual harassment, said The Washington Post.

“Complaints of sexual harassment must be taken seriously, investigated promptly, and followed up with appropriate corrective action regardless of the gender of the person making the complaint,” said Perecman, founder of The Perecman Firm, one of New York’s civil rights violation law firms.

The Washington Post said the misconduct included the manager groping the buttocks of the male waiters, making lewd sexual comments and attempting to touch their genitals. The harassment continued even after a number of the victims complained to other managers and Sparks' owners. Some victims were also said to have suffered retaliation for complaining by being given harder tasks and/or being suspended.

According to the EEOC, more men are standing up for themselves when it comes to allegations of sexual harassment. Of the 11,364 sexual harassment complaints filed with the EEOC in the 2011 fiscal year, around 16 percent came from men. That's up from 11.7 percent in FY 1997.

“While it's not 100% clear if more men are being harassed or if more men are willing to file a formal complaint against workplace behavior, more men are becoming aware of their workplace rights. These days, men are also more comfortable filing complaints,” said Perecman, a civil rights violation lawyer in New York for over 30 years.

In addition to the $600,000 in damages to be distributed among the victims and a prohibition on further sexual harassment and retaliation, the settlement with Sparks requires the restaurant to establish a complaint hotline for reporting discrimination, distribute an updated sexual harassment and retaliation policy, and conduct anti-discrimination training for employees.
Sexual harassment and retaliation for complaining about the harassment violate Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

The EEOC lawsuit was filed in the Southern District of New York (EEOC v. Micheal Cetta Inc. d/b/a Sparks Steak House, Civil Action No. 1:09-cv-10601).

Individuals who believe they have been victims of a New York civil rights violation including sexual harassment or gender discrimination in the workplace can contact The Perecman Firm at 212-977-7033.

About David Perecman and The Perecman Firm, PLLC:

For the past 30 years, the New York civil rights violation, medical malpractice, construction accident, and auto accident lawyers at The Perecman Firm, PLLC have handled all types of cases including harassment and discrimination in New York. David Perecman, founder of the Firm, has been recognized for his achievements as an Honoree in the National Law Journal's Hall of Fame, in New York Magazine's "The Best Lawyers in America" and The New York Times Magazine "New York Super Lawyers, Metro Edition" for the years 2007-2010. The prestigious U.S. News & World Report ranks The Perecman Firm among the top 20 personal injury firms in New York City for 2011-2012 and 2012-2013.

The Firm has recovered millions of dollars for its clients. Among the more recent victories, Mr. Perecman won a $15 million verdict** for a construction accident (Index 112370/03) Supreme Court, New York County, a $5.35 million dollar verdict*** for an automobile accident (Index 2749/04) Supreme Court, Kings County, and a $40 million dollar structured settlement for medical malpractice (Index 2146/03)****Supreme Court, Kings County.

The Perecman Firm serves Manhattan, Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island, Long Island, Westchester, Upstate NY, Morris County, and Rockland County.

**later settled while on appeal for $7.940 million    
*** later settled for $3.5 million
**** total potential payout

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