99 cent shop only agrees to pay $ 1.2 million to settle claims that a supervisor sexually abused two employees in a walk-in freezer and a manager threatened to BURN them after they reported him
- 99 Cents Only Stores has agreed to pay two complainants and the DFEH $ 1,225,000 to resolve claims for sexual violence
- Employees said incidents occurred between December 2017 and March 2018
- Ex-employees of the Hilltop Drive store in Redding, California filed complaints in August 2018 against 99 Cents and assistant manager Michael Wiegel
- The complaint alleged that Wiegel had sexually abused them in the walk-in freezer and subjected them to other forms of sexual harassment
- A manager named Stephanie screamed and threatened to fire an employee who complained about Weigel and told them she felt bad for him
- Complaints also alleged managers subject both employees to retaliation after they reported the harassment, including additional investigation and fewer hours
- 99 Cents will allow managers to follow training and hire an independent external monitor to monitor their compliance and provide annual reports
California 99 Cents Only save $ 1.2 million to settle claims that a supervisor has sexually abused employees in a walk-in freezer.
A Northern California store as agreed to pay $ 1.2 million to settle claims that a supervisor sexually abused employees in a walk-in freezer.
The California Department of Fair Employment and Housing announced Tuesday a settlement with 99 Cents Only Stores.
Ex-employees of the Hilltop Drive 99 Cents store in Redding, California filed complaints against 99 Cents and assistant manager Michael Wiegel (photo) in August 2018 for events allegedly taking place between December 2017 and March 2018
99 Cents Only Stores has agreed to pay two complainants and the DFEH $ 1,225,000 to resolve sexual violence claims on Tuesday
The agency started investigating after two former employees said they had been attacked and harassed by assistant manager Michael Wiegel at the Hilltop Drive store in Redding.
Weigel would have subjected them to other forms of sexual harassment.
The employees also claimed that their hours had become shorter after reporting the intimidation.
In addition, the employees were extra investigated during work, the DFEH survey showed.
According to data obtained by Record searchlight, a manager named Stephanie shouted and threatened to dismiss an employee who complained.
Stephanie also told the employee that she felt bad for Weigel, according to the complaint.
The complaint alleged that Wiegel had sexually abused them in the walk-in freezer and subjected them to other forms of sexual harassment
According to Weigel's Facebook profile, he joined the brand in 2014 and left in 2018
This led the agency to submit claims against the retail chain, represented by Senior Staff Counsel Grace Shim and Gregory Mann.
& # 39; Employers must take their duty seriously to provide a work environment that is free from sexual harassment and sexual violence & # 39 ;, said Kevin Kish, director of the DFEH. & # 39; DFEH will appeal to companies that allow harassment and retaliation against employees who complain. & # 39;
According to Weigel's Facebook profile, he joined the brand in 2014 and left in 2018.
In addition to paying employees and the agency, the retail chain agreed to provide additional training for managers and to hire an independent monitor to monitor compliance with the settlement agreement for three years.
The store must submit annual agreement reports during the three year period.
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