Panda Express sued for sexual harassment

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KAPAA, Hawaii (AP) – A federal agency claims teenage girls working at a Panda Express restaurant on Kauai were groped and demeaned.

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s federal lawsuit alleges sexual harassment on behalf a group of female employees, including teens.

The complaint says a male supervisor at the Kapaa restaurant sexually abused at least three female teens starting in 2008. The commission says that one teen who reported the harassment had her hours cut and was forced to resign and that another teen quit to avoid verbal obscenities and sexual advances.

The commission is suing the Rosemead, Calif.-based giant Chinese fast-food chain. Representatives from Panda Restaurant Group didn’t immediately respond to requests for comment Thursday. The company manages and owns more than 1,400 restaurants in 42 states.

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