A jury found warehouse club Costco Warehouse Corp. liable after it allegedly failed to protect one of its employees from a customer’s harassment, and ordered the company to pay its employee $250,000 in damages, based upon evidence that the customer approached the employee often, asked her out on dates, tried to hug her and videotaped her in the store, of which she complained to her manager. There was no evidence that the customer ever talked about sex, sexually propositioned her, or threatened her. The employee claimed that Costco fostered a sexually hostile work environment by tolerating her harassment by a customer. Costco has appealed the ruling to the Seventh Circuit, in EEOC v. Costco Wholesale Corp.
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