SEATTLE -- Fry's Electronics agreed to pay $2.3 million and implement preventative measures to settle a sexual harassment and retaliation lawsuit brought by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission on behalf of two former employees at its Renton, Wash., location.
It is one of the EEOC's largest per-victim recoveries in a sexual harassment and retaliation case, the agency said.
The settlement is in addition to $100,000 a federal judge in Seattle ordered Fry's to pay in July for withholding information in the case.
In a prepared statement, the San Jose-based retailer disputed the allegations and said it "always has been committed to providing a workplace free from discrimination." It added that it agreed to settle the case without admitting wrongdoing, "to avoid additional litigation costs and to bring finality to this matter."
The EEOC charged the company with allowing assistant store manager Minasse Ibrahim to harass a young salesperson, America Rios, and firing a supervisor, Ka Lam, who stood up for her. The incidents happened five years ago.