Seattle - The U.S.
Equal Opportunity Commission (EEOC) is suing Fry's Electronics for failing to discipline a manager accused of sexual harassment.
According to Seattle
attorney Scott Blankenship, the manager had been soliciting sex from a young
female employee at his Renton, Wash., store since 2007. The EEOC says Fry's violated
federal laws by failing to take action against the manager, while a separate
suit filed by Blankenship's law firm claims the employee's immediate supervisor,
Ka Lam, was wrongfully terminated after interceding on her behalf with
"These laws protect women, and they would be
toothless without people as courageous as Mr. Lam who report sexual harassment
in the workplace," Blankenship said.
Fry's denies the
EEOC's allegations and said it did nothing wrong. "Fry's takes very seriously
all claims of harassment or discrimination, will conduct a prompt and thorough
investigation of such claims, and will take appropriate corrective action when
necessary," the retailer said in a statement issued to TWICE. "Fry's
continually strives to provide a workplace for its valued associates that is
free of unlawful discrimination or harassment [and] prides itself on its