Plumbing company to pay $500,000 to settle sexual harassment charges

A Las Vegas plumbing company and its units will pay $500,000 to settle a US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission lawsuit in which it was accused of subjecting female employees to sexual harassment.

The agency said in a statement Thursday that since 2017, Focus Plumbing LLC had subjected a class of monolingual Spanish-speaking employees to a hostile work environment and quid pro quo sexual harassment that included unwanted touching, groping, sexual advances and sexually offensive comments. and requests.

The agency also said employees were threatened if they refused sexual advances, while others who accepted the sexual acts were offered better assignments and work hours.

In addition to paying the $500,000, the company will provide specialized sexual harassment training to human resources officers and managers, among other provisions of the consent decree, the EEOC said.

Focus attorney Wendy Medura Krincek, shareholder of Littler Mendelson PC in Las Vegas, said in a statement, “The Focus Companies have voluntarily agreed to settle the matter without admitting any guilt and denying violation of any laws.

“The requirements of the settlement agreement are consistent with practices and policies that were already in place.”