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OC Pool Company Messed With The Wrong Women, Will Pay $462,500 in Sexual Harassment Settlement

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An OC pool company is in hot water after two male supervisors repeatedly harassed female employees, according to the OC Register.

The supervisors at Aqua Tri reportedly groped, verbally harassed and pressured at least eight women, all Latina, for dates and sex. They even went so far as to offer them promotions that hinged on the women sleeping with them.

The women went to a human resources employee about the situation, but instead of help or even guidance, they were denied overtime work, reassigned duties and demoted. One was forced to resign.

In response, the women went to the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, and in 2008, filed discrimination charges. On Wednesday, the EEOC announced that the company would settle for $462,500, hire a Spanish-speaking human resources specialist, and enlist the services of an equal opportunity employment consultant.