September 25, 2002
Bailey, Banks & Biddle Settles Lawsuit
The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission says it has settled a
sexual harassment lawsuit filed against Bailey, Banks & Biddle regarding
several of its stores in suburban New York City.
Under terms of a consent decree, the jewelry chain, the upscale division of Zale's, agreed to pay a total of $250,000 to six women who filed sexual harassment complaints. The settlement also requires the company to re-issue its policy prohibiting sexual harassment to employees, train employees in equal employment law and provide periodic reports to the EEOC concerning any new sexual harassment complaints.
"While we are pleased that this matter has been resolved, Bailey, Banks
& Biddle denies any wrongdoing in the matter; the allegations
which gave rise to this litigation were against a single store manager,"
David Rhodes, senior vice president of store operations for the
company, said in a statement to the Associated Press. Rhodes added the
firm "has a long-standing policy in place designed to prevent harassment
and discrimination in the workplace."
The store manager no longer works for the company.