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Hat World Inc., the sports hats retailer who owns hat store “Lids,” has agreed to pay $33,000 and provide other relief to settle a retaliation lawsuit brought by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC).  

A Virginia “Lids” store manager was fired for complaining about sexual harassment from her district manager, the lawsuit claims. “[O]ver the course of a year and a half, Jalesa Staton, store manager of the Greenbrier Square ‘Lids’ location, made written complaints to Hat World’s corporate human resources that she was being sexually harassed by her district manager,” reads the EEOC’s press release.  

Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibits “employers from retaliating against employees who engage in activity protected under Title VII, including complaining about alleged discrimination or filing EEOC charges.”  

In addition to disseminating an anti-discrimination policy to the entire company, Hat World must also hold a yearly training event for all employees and their supervisors.  

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To read the full press release, click here: https://www.eeoc.gov/eeoc/newsroom/release/2-11-20.cfm 

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