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Friday
Jan112013

Burger King Settles 14-Year Sex Bias Lawsuit

Scott Olson/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Burger King is an expert at making food fast but the same can't be said about settling lawsuits.

It was during the 20th century that numerous women filed sexual harassment and bias claims against Burger King's largest franchisee, Carrols Corp., which operates and owns more than 500 locations across 13 states.

The 1999 lawsuit by 89 female workers alleged they were subject to exposure of genitalia, unwanted touching, sexual assault, strip searches and obscene comments.

On Thursday, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission said the sex bias case against Carrols Corp., the largest it ever investigated, resulted in the company agreeing to pay $2.5 million.

Carrols Corp., which admitted no wrongdoing, said it decided to settle in order to avoid more expensive ligation if the lawsuit went to trial.

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