Costco Wholesale Corporation

Former Costco employee awarded $250,000 over customer's alleged harassment

Former Costco employee awarded $250,000 over customer's alleged harassment

A federal jury has ordered Costco Wholesale Corp. to pay $250,000 to a former employee who alleged the retailer failed to protect her from a customer's sexual harassment at a suburban Chicago store.

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, which filed the lawsuit in federal court in Chicago in 2014, claimed the Washington-based warehouse club created and tolerated "a sexually hostile work environment of offensive comments of a sexual nature, unwelcome touching, unwelcome advances, and stalking by a customer."

Dawn Suppo, the former part-time employee who complained to the EEOC, worked as a front-end assistant, helping customers box purchases and returning items...

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