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August-13-99

Settlement in First Male-On-Male, Class Action Sexual Harassment Suit

The U.S. Equal Opportunity Commission and the Long Prairie Packing Co. Inc. have agreed to a $1.9 million settlement in the first male-on-male sexual harassment lawsuit to achieve class-action status. The settlement also requires the Minnesota-based meat-packing plant to hold mandatory sexual harassment training for all employees.

According to court documents, one male worker was allegedly attacked by groups of men who held him down and simulated sex acts on him on numerous occasions. When this worker complained, a supervisor who had participated in the attacks allegedly threatened to fire him. The attacks at times took place in gruesome surroundings, including in a bin of raw meat and in a trough of blood.

Men who were employed by the company between January 1, 1996 and June 22, 1999 and faced harassment at the plant may be eligible to receive a portion of the $1.9 million settlement. Employees who believe they may be eligible have been advised to send a letter detailing the alleged harassment to the EEOC. The EEOC will then investigate those claims to determine each individual's eligibility.

The company has already settled 3 civil lawsuits sought by former employees who alleged that they were subjected to violent and sexually explicit abuse.

Media Resources: AP - August 12, 1999

   

     

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