McWhite's funeral home in Fort Lauderdale was hit with a $85,000 fine by the federal government after it was discovered its owner was abusing employees.

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission found Albert McWhite, Sr. violated the 1964 Civil Rights Act. The EEOC, alleges, McWhite, Sr. engaged in sexual harassment, constructive termination based on sex and retaliation – all illegal practices under Title VII of the historic Civil Rights Act of 1964.

“Albert McWhite, Sr.’s sexual harassment of female employees was constant and overt,” said EEOC Miami Regional Attorney Robert Weisberg, in a news release. “The objective of this settlement is to change the culture of this workplace, allowing female employees to work, without stress and fear of enduring sexual harassment and retaliation.”

EEOC’s lawsuit details McWhite, Sr.’s offensive activity, including creating a work environment of sexual innuendo, unwanted touching, and sexual overtures. One witness told the EEOC that McWhite, Sr. often became violent in his behavior and would grab breasts, slap buttocks and strike female employees across the face. One of McWhite Sr.’s typical pick-up lines, reportedly, was to place his hand on his crotch and ask female employees if they wanted to “take care of her bills.”

In its consent decree with the government, McWhite, Sr. is to pay $85,000 to the victims, hire an independent consultant to receive and investigate sex discrimination complaints and initiate sexual harassment and anti-discrimination training, policies and procedures at the funeral home.


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