SAN FRANCISCO — Goodwill Industries of the Greater East Bay and its nonprofit affiliate, Calidad Industries, will pay $850,000 to eight former and current employees to settle a sexual harassment and retaliation lawsuit.
The lawsuit, filed by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, charged that six female janitors who worked the night shift at the Oakland Federal Building were routinely sexually harassed by their supervisor. Two managers were disciplined and retaliated against for supporting the women’s claims, and one was compelled to resign, according to the suit.
Goodwill Industries is a nonprofit that provides job training and other services to people who have barriers to getting other jobs, and Calidad was specifically designed to help workers with mental or physiological impairments.