Panda Express settles Kauai sex harassment lawsuit

KAPAA, Hawaii (AP) - A Chinese fast-food chain is paying $150,000 to settle a federal lawsuit claiming sexual harassment at a Kauai restaurant.

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission on Wednesday announced Panda Express is settling a lawsuit alleging sexual harassment on behalf of a group of female employees, including teens.

The complaint claims a male supervisor at the Kapaa restaurant subjected workers to sexual comments, language and advances.

The commission says that one teen who reported the harassment had her hours cut and was forced to resign. Another teen quit to avoid verbal obscenities and sexual advances.

The settlement also requires anti-harassment measures including annual sexual harassment training for employees.

A spokeswoman for the Rosemead, Calif.-based chain says the company strives to provide a safe and empowering environment for all associates.

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