The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has announced five settlements worth a combined $1 million in sexual harassment cases in the last six weeks, with about half of the total coming in a case against private prison operator GEO Group Inc.
GEO agreed to pay $550,000 to 16 female former corrections officers who said they faced a range of verbal and physical abuse, in a consent decree filed in federal court in Arizona on Jan. 5. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals had revived the EEOC’s lawsuit against GEO in 2016.
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