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Prison firm settles Arizona harassment suit for $140K

PHOENIX — Federal authorities said a prison management group has agreed to
pay $140,000 to settle a sexual harassment lawsuit in Arizona.

The Arizona Civil Rights Division and U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity
Commission announced the settlement Monday involving the GEO Group Inc.

The EEOC and ACRD claimed that male managers at a GEO-managed private prison
facility in Florence sexually harassed numerous female employees and fostered an
atmosphere of sexual intimidation and harassment.

They claimed that one prison supervisor at Florence West routinely made crude,
obscene and suggestive sexual remarks to female employees, often in front of
other management officials who didn’t stop the harassment.

Florida-based GEO runs more than 100 private prison facilities across the
country.

A call to GEO officials for comment on the settlement wasn’t immediately
returned Monday afternoon.

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