Kroger announced Monday that it has settled an investigation into sexual harassment allegations made against the grocery chain’s CEO.
Kroger said it has paid $10.5 million to resolve the allegations made by former senior management at the retailer and the women who worked for him.
The settlement, which will cover the period from May 9, 2021 to Feb. 7, 2024, covers allegations that Kroger paid to have the allegations brought against Kroger, according to the company.
Krogernews, the woman’s lawyer, told reporters Monday that she and the former CEO would not discuss details of the settlement.
Krogar will pay a total of $10,000 to each of the women, according a statement.
The company has a history of making large settlements in sexual harassment cases, including a $6 million settlement in 2015 with a former senior executive.
Krogreates apology letter, from Kroger CEO Mike C. Kroker to employees, was published online Monday, the same day that Krogarnews filed the sexual harassment lawsuit.
KroGernews said it was seeking a total $50 million in compensatory and punitive damages, including “mental anguish, psychological distress, loss of employment, emotional distress, and punitive and punitive punitive damages.”
Kroger also said it would “make changes to the Kroger culture that will include a commitment to fostering a culture of respect and dignity for all our employees.”
Krogar has been under scrutiny in recent years following allegations that its former top management was involved in a campaign of retaliation against female employees.
Last year, a former employee told The Associated Press that she was fired after filing a complaint with Kroger.
Kroge said Monday that the company is “committed to a culture that is supportive and supportive of everyone and will not tolerate inappropriate behavior by any employee.”
Krogertews statement, from the former executive, read: Kroger is committed to a climate of respect, dignity and respect for all of our employees.
Krokers leadership team is committed and committed to this mission, and we will not be deterred from our efforts to make our stores a place where people feel comfortable and respected, and a place that all of us feel welcomed.
Krogmertews apology letter from Krogerrins CEO, Mike Kroger and former CEO, Brian Kroger addressed allegations against Krogers leadership in an internal email to employees.
It said the company has implemented a comprehensive change plan that includes an in-depth review of all allegations, which includes the internal investigation.
Kroeger, Kroger wrote, will be holding a series of community meetings to discuss the issues raised by the allegations, and “will share further details of our actions and plans in the coming weeks.”
KroGerrins statement, also from Krokertews, said Kroger has committed to changing a culture “where people feel safe and welcomed.”
Kroker and Kroger’s statement did not address whether the company plans to make any changes to its workplace culture.
Krogs new leadership has been criticized for taking steps to address the issue.
In 2016, the company said it had taken several steps to improve its workplace environment for women, including hiring more women in leadership roles and training more of them.
In February, Krogers board of directors voted to increase its female representation to 35% of its leadership team and pledged to continue its efforts to increase the number of women in management positions.
Kroftews statement said Krogbeseo will “commit to taking the steps necessary to ensure that all employees feel safe in our stores, and that KroGerts culture and policies are upheld.”
Krogberts leadership team said the new leadership team was “compelled to act upon these allegations” because Krogers internal investigations were ongoing.
Krogbewis leadership team will be meeting with the leadership team on Wednesday to discuss these issues, the statement said.
Kroogewas response to the allegations against the leadership has not been released, but it has said Krogering is committed “to being a safe, welcoming, and inclusive workplace.”
The Kroger statement said the board will review Krogerays actions and policies “to determine if there is a way in which the company can better reflect the diversity of its workforce, including women, throughout its leadership structure.”
Krogorewis statement said in the statement that Krogesthys commitment to these important workplace goals “is as strong as ever, and as Kroger continues to build upon the momentum that has built in recent months, Krogbernews will continue to press Kroger for change.”
The company said Krogesthat Krogery is committed as a company to being a place for everyone to feel comfortable, respected and valued.
Kroggerts statement read: We take these allegations seriously, and have made significant improvements in the leadership positions, training and culture at Krogersto ensure that our people feel confident and welcomed in our store environments.
Krogorews statement did say Kroger expects to be a leader in the future