Sherlock's Pub Gets Spanked Back With Harassment Ruling

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The ass-spanking and breast-squeezing has come to a stop at Sherlock's Pub (we assume), but it was an expensive lesson.

The owners of the bar on Westheimer agreed to pay $115,000 to settle a class sexual-harassment case brought against them by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the EEOC announced today.

The commission claimed the owners had subjected female employees to sexual harassment and retaliated against a whistleblower.

"Continually" from 2005 through 2006, the EEOC said, a former Sherlock's general manager subjected women to sexual harassment.

"His actions included spanking a woman's rear end extremely hard, pushing a waitress up against a wall and squeezing a female employee's breasts," the EEOC said. "The suit also alleged that the manager regularly used vulgarities in front of co-workers and bar patrons when referring to his female subordinates."

The former manager was what the law refers to as "a real douchebag," the EEOC didn't say, at least in so many words.

At least one waitress complained to upper management, the agency said, but nothing was done.

The $115,000 will go to that waitress "and other class members." Sherlock's management will undergo training to comply with laws, as well as common sense.

-- Richard Connelly

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