An administrative law judge has issued an order that would award $1 million in damages to a former underage employee who was subject to sex harassment and discrimination at a now-closed adult entertainment club in Beaverton.
The state Bureau of Labor and Industries began investigating Stars Cabaret for civil rights violations in 2015.
The agency found Frehoo, Inc. subjected the then 15-year-old female to unlawful sexual harassment.
“Today’s proposed order begins to address this injustice by holding Stars accountable and awarding damages that reflect the severity of harassment,” Avakian said.
The club’s owners were asked to pay a $1.25 million settlement for forcing another victim, a then 13-year-old girl, into prostitution. The Bureau says it was the largest individual settlement in the agency’s history.
Avakian said the mid-level manager who helped facilitate the teen’s prostitution was criminally prosecuted in Washington County and is in prison.