Accuweather, the privately-run commercial weather service company, has agreed to pay $290,000 after an investigation by the U.S. Labor Department, Office of the Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) uncovered violations of workplace fairness laws. At least three dozen women will be compensated for what has been described as a hostile work environment. According to the Conciliation Agreement Accuweather signed last June, the OFCCP found that the company discriminated against female employees by subjecting them to sexual harassment and a hostile work environment and did not exercise reasonable care to prevent and correct such conduct.
The family-owned company denies all allegations but has agreed to recompense over three dozen women. In addition to the $290,000 payment, the company has agreed to numerous strictures, including better harassment and training policies, third-party intervention regarding sexual harassment claims, and regular reports to the OFCCP.
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