Asian tea chain Tapioca Express has agreed to pay over $100,000 in a sexual harassment lawsuit after an unidentified owner involving two franchises was accused of sexual harassment towards Filipina employees between the ages of 17 and 23, according to Times of San Diego.
The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) did not reveal how many employees were involved in the case but said that the alleged victims were repeatedly receiving unwanted physical contact and comments of a sexual nature.
“We commend the young women for coming forward to shine a light on the harassment to which they were subjected,” said Christopher Green, the director of the EEOC’s San Diego office. “Their strength may give courage to other young people or those in the Asian American and Pacific Islander community who may be suffering harassment or discrimination in the workplace to come forward as well.”
According to the National Law Review, Tapioca Express will provide training on anti-sexual harassment and revise their policies.
“Harassment remains a persistent problem in the workplace, which must be addressed top-down in any company,” said Anna Park, regional attorney for EEOC’s Los Angeles District Office. “We are encouraged by the steps Tapioca Express has taken to resolve this matter and the measures it has put in place to prevent workplace harassment and discrimination.”