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Tuesday, June 24, 2003

Bad Day All Around For Restaurants


The Supreme Court closes the door on Joe's Stone Crabs, see post below, and now according to an Atlanta Journal Constitutionstory, restaurant chain Rio Bravo Cantina has lost a $1.55 million dollar sexual harassment case to five former employees. Since that includes punitive damages of $500,000 to each of three employees, which is $200,000 over the maximum cap for each of the three, the ultimate amount will certainly be less, but still will require more than a few bowls of chips and salsa to recoup. And just a few days ago, Pizza Hut settled a similar claim for $360,000 according to an HR Next report. The EEOC was the driving force in each of these actions.

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