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Burger King franchisee's tab for sex-harassment claims: $2.5 million

January 11, 2013|By Jenn Harris
  • Carrols Restaurant Group, Burger King's largest franchisee, has settled a sexual harassment lawsuit involving 89 women who are current or former employees.
Carrols Restaurant Group, Burger King's largest franchisee, has… (Anne-Christine Poujoulat…)

Burger King's biggest franchise holder, Carrols Restaurant Group,  reportedly has agreed to pay $2.5 million to settle claims of sexual harassment.

The settlement, Reuters reported, brings to an end a 14-year lawsuit involving 88 women who formerly worked for Carrols and one current female employee. The company, which owns and operates more than 520 Burger King locations, denies guilt, citing legal costs as the reason for settling. 

The federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission alleged that employees harassed women by making obscene comments, exposing their genitalia and subjecting the women to strip searches, unwanted touching and even rape, The Examiner reported.

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