The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission is suing the fish wholesaler and importer M. Slavin & Sons for male-on-male sexual, racial, and national origin harassment. The suit charges that some of M. Slavin’s owners and managers subjected male and especially black American and African employees to continuous harassment that included “groping their buttocks, putting fish hooks into their buttocks and unnecessarily rubbing their bodies into the employees when passing them by.” The employees were also subjected to a variety of racist and sexual comments.
M. Slavin’s Brownsville distribution center was the target of EEOC’s lawsuit and investigation; the company’s other locations include the Bronx’s Hunts Point Market. The EEOC began their investigation when the allegations were brought to their attention by a Brownsville employee a year ago, and filed their suit in Brooklyn Federal Court yesterday.
The number of sexual harassment complaints filed by males with the EEOC rose from 11.6 percent in 1997 to 15.9 percent in 2008.
The M. Slavin website traces the company’s history back to 1900 and touts its standing as “a market leader” who “continue[s] to reinforce our philosophy of integrity, sincerity and commitment to customer satisfaction.’
[Via The City Room]