SunTrust bank has agreed to pay $300,000 to settle a sexual harassment lawsuit filed by three female employees against a manager at a Tampa Bay area branch.
According to the lawsuits filed with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the manager of a Sarasota branch repeatedly subjected the women to verbal and physical harassment.
The alleged incidents involving the manager included trapping a 20-year-old female behind the teller counter with his body; telling a woman she should wear a bathing suit to work; regularly staring at women's breasts; and frequently caressing and grabbing a female employee.
Numerous complaints by female employees to the assistant branch manager and other SunTrust branch managers were ignored, and once human resources became involved, the company failed to take sufficient action to stop the harassment, the commission stated in a notice about the case.
During the investigation, the commission found that the manager voluntarily resigned but SunTrust later rehired him.
In addition to the $300,000 settlement, the Atlanta-based company – with 1,500 branches primarily from Florida north to Maryland – agreed to conduct annual, live training for its managers and human resources personnel in Southwest Florida.