Sony Music has agreed to pay a former employee $20,000 to settle a sexual harassment lawsuit, according to NJ.com. The employee was allegedly harassed because he is gay.
The man was employed at a compact disc manufacturing plant in Pitman, New Jersey. He was hired on a temporary basis as a machine operator in 2008. According to the man, three different times between May 2009 and August 2009, he reported to management that he was being sexually harassed. He says his co-workers were making comments about his homosexuality, and slurs were allegedly written about him near his work area and on a men’s bathroom wall.
The former employee also alleges Sony did not promote him to a full-time position because he was gay. Sony denied the allegation and said that he was not promoted because he had few qualifications and poor attendance. Authorities say that Sony investigated the employee’s complaints and tried to fix them by holding a meeting about the company’s policies, and by removing one of the man’s co-workers. The former employee filed a complaint with the Division on Civil Rights in August of 2009, and he was terminated shortly thereafter.
Sony has agreed to pay the man $20,000 and to give him a neutral reference if contacted by a prospective employer. Sony does not admit any wrongdoing.
Companies must maintain a safe working environment for employees that is free of unfair and unjust discrimination. If you feel you have been the victim of sexual harassment in your workplace, contact the New Jersey sexual harassment attorneys at Lependorf & Silverstein. Call them at 609-240-0040 for a free consultation on your sexual harassment case.