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Ford Dealer Settles Harassment Suit

June 29, 1999

BOSTON (AP) _ A car dealership has paid $125,000 to four men who claimed they were sexually harassed by their male boss, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission said Monday.

The settlement resolves a complaint filed in U.S. District Court in Boston alleging that the four salesmen were subjected to continuing acts of sexual harassment between 1993 and 1995, said Katherine Bissell, an attorney at the EEOC’s New York District Office.

The men worked at the H.J. Nassar Motor Company, Inc., in Lawrence, Mass., and were allegedly subjected to varying degrees of sexual harassment by their manager, including touching and verbal remarks, Bissell said.

The sales manager’s name was not released.

The owner of the Ford dealership, Henry Nassar, confirmed the settlement but declined to comment further. His attorney, David Fox, did not immediately return phone calls.

The settlement was approved on May 25. The men _ who will each get about $31,000 _ were paid last week, Bissell said.

The four men, as well as the sales manager, are no longer working at the company.

``This is definitely an unusual case in terms of the gender,″ Bissell said. ``Most of the harassment cases are females complaining about men.″

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