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PRESS RELEASE
9-20-12

Miracle Hill Golf and Tennis Center Settles Sexual Harassment Suit With EEOC

Golf  Center Manager Sexually Harassed Five Female Employees, Federal Agency Charged

OMAHA, Neb. -- GMT, LLC, doing business as Miracle Hill Golf  and Tennis Center in Omaha has settled a sexual harassment lawsuit brought by  the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the agency announced  today.

The  EEOC's lawsuit, filed on Sept. 28, 2011, charged that the center's general manager,  Jerry Wilke, subjected female employees to physical touching and comments of a  sexual nature, including pulling their clothes off to  expose their breasts or buttocks, betting with a company owner about what kind  of underwear they were wearing and making unwelcome sexual advances toward them.   The women repeatedly complained to  management about the harassment but it did not stop.  Four women quit their jobs because of the  harassment.

Sexual harassment violates Title VII of the Civil Rights  Act of 1964.  The EEOC filed suit after  first attempting to reach a pre-litigation settlement through its conciliation  process.  Five of the victimized women  workers also employed their own private attorneys in the lawsuit.

The consent decree settling the suit was filed in U.S.  District Court of Nebraska (Cause No. 8:11-CV-00336) and must be approved by  the court.  After the EEOC filed the  lawsuit, Miracle Hill instituted a sexual harassment policy and provided sexual  harassment training to its employees.  The  decree requires Miracle Hill to maintain the sexual harassment policy and  continue training, file semi-annual reports with the EEOC about sexual  harassment complaints, and to post a notice about discrim­ination in the  workplace. 

"We believe that this  lawsuit and settlement has had, and will continue to have, a positive effect on  the working environment for Miracle Hill's female employees," said Barbara A.  Seely, Regional Attorney of the EEOC's St. Louis District Office.  "We hope that Miracle Hill will  conscientiously and aggressively work to prevent sexual harassment in its  workplace in the future in accordance with the law.  And we trust that Miracle Hill will be a  different, more positive place for women to work in the future."

The EEOC enforces federal laws prohibiting employment  discrimination. Further information about the EEOC is available on its web site  at www.eeoc.gov.