Wednesday, February 13, 2019

AccuWeather Settled Harassment Lawsuit

They are one of the hottest names in the field of weather. Yet, for employees of the State College, PA based AccuWeather, it's alleged to have been a cold place to work, with accusations of sexual harassment and other misconduct.

The claims are coming to light as the company is paying off a six-figure agreement with the Department of Labor after they were made aware of these allegations.

In documents obtained by WJAC-TV6 News, the U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs sent a “Notification of Results of Investigation” in January 2018 to AccuWeather, detailing "specific, alleged violations" related to the business The report said the company subjected female employees to sexual harassment and a hostile working environment.

In June 2018, the Labor Department and AccuWeather signed off on a conciliation agreement where AccuWeather agreed to resolve the allegations without accepting fault, "in the interest of resolving the specific alleged violations amicably and without engaging in further legal proceedings."

In exchange: AccuWeather agreed to improve their workplace environment and company policies, provide training, and pay up to 35 people a settlement of $290,000.

The document 6 News obtained had all names redacted and it does not show who the allegations are made specifically against, or specifics of those violations. The agreement shows that the employees had separated from AccuWeather between January 1, 2014, and December 21, 2017, and that four additional people had already received payment from AccuWeather.

Joel Myers, as President of AccuWeather, signed off on the sexual harassment agreement with OFCCP.

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