American Industrial Sales Corp doing business as RAK Industries, sells road construction barricades and signs. It also sells a variety of construction safety and personal safety items, as well as nuts and bolts, tools and personal safety equipment.
The Rochester, NY company website touts it as “one of the country’s most rapidly growing resources of highway, safety and industrial products to municipalities, police, fire, parks and recreation departments, schools, hospitals, golf courses and resorts across the United States.” The website also mentions the company’s “full service solution” for customers and “personal attention.”
It’s the personal attention to female employees, rather than customers, that got the owner in trouble.
The owner, vice president and sales staff of RAK Industries – according to the EEOC investigation and subsequent lawsuit – sexually harassed 18 female employees. The harassment includes inappropriate touching, unwelcome sexual advances and vulgar sexual comments, says an EEOC source.
Tragically, four victims were teenaged girls.