Hawaii tour company to pay $570k to settle sexual harassment suit

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The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) says Discovering Hidden Hawaii Tours will pay $570,000 to settle a sexual harassment suit.

The EEOC filed suit against Discovering Hidden Hawaii Tours, Inc., Hawaii Tours and Transportation Inc. and Big Kahuna Luau, Inc. in 2017.

The federal agency claims the president of the company engaged in a pattern of sexually harassing male employees.

The EEOC says many of the employees were subsequently forced to quit or were retaliated against for reporting the harassment, which the EEOC says violates the Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

As part of the settlement, the parties entered into a three-year consent decree providing $570,000 in damages to a class of male employees. 

The decree requires that the company’s president not have further involvement in the operations and divested of control of the companies. 

The companies will designate an external equal employment opportunity consultant to ensure the company’s compliance with Title VII and anti-retaliation policies and procedures. 

According to the company’s website, Discovering Hidden Hawaii Tours provides guided tours of Oahu, Maui, the Big Island and Kauai. 

We are awaiting comment from the company.

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