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8 women splitting $582K settlement from harassment lawsuit

Published:Wednesday | December 2, 2015 | 9:31 AM

Eight former employees of a commercial Long Island laundry are splitting a $582,000 settlement from a sexual harassment lawsuit brought by the Equal Emplo yment Opportunity Commission in 2012.

Newsday reports federal officials announced the settlement on Tuesday.

The women were all immigrant workers from Mexico and Central America. They alleged that they were harassed by their supervisor at Suffolk Laundry Services in Southampton.

The lawsuit says the harassment went on for years and the women were either fired or had their hours shifted when they complained.

The women said they were subjected to unwanted touching and comments as conditions for requests for time off.

Officials say the laundry service has agreed to a four-year consent decree barring discrimination, instituting new procedures and mandating sexual harassment training.