WASHINGTON — A large building-maintenance company will pay $5.8 million to settle a sexual harassment lawsuit brought by the government involving 21 Hispanic female workers, according to MSNBC.
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
(EEOC) announced Thursday the settlement with ABM Industries Inc
. and two of its janitorial subsidiaries, the article noted.
The agency charged that ABM failed to respond to the complaints creating a "dangerous and hostile environment" but many of the harassers were not fired as a result.
ABM, which reported in 2009 as having 91,000 employees in the U.S. and Canada, said it "takes these issues very seriously".
"We constantly strive to provide all of our employees a professional and safe work environment free of harassment of any kind,” said Sarah McConnell, ABM''s senior vice president and General Counsel.
"While the consent decree explicitly denies wrongdoing by our company, we are pleased to resolve this matter in a manner consistent with our commitment to leading policies and practices," McConnell added.
According to the article, the settlement with ABM is among the largest received by the EEOC for a single lawsuit.