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Carrols Corporation, Burger King’s largest franchisee, today announced it had settled longstanding litigation with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission which commenced in 1998.
The 14-year case alleged that Carrols had subjected female employees working at its locations to sexual harassment in violation of Title VII of Civil Rights Act of 1964, which attempted to establish a class action based on a claim of “pattern or practice” across 13 states. In 2005, the court dismissed the class claims the EEOC brought on behalf of 90,000 female employees.
A Restaurant Resource News article quoted Daniel T. Accordino, CEO of Carrols Restaurant Group, Inc. stating,
We unequivocally do not tolerate sexual harassment in our workplace and have resolved this litigation without any admission of wrongdoing after many years of intensive, costly and frustrating litigation with the EEOC.
The CEO said they agreed to the negotiated settlement at this stage because the cost would be far less than the expense they would incur to continue to litigate the matter.