Sugar Land, Texas-based Element Plastics Mfg. LLC will pay to settle a lawsuit filed by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.
The manufacturer will pay $35,000 in result of the lawsuit after the EEOC said the company violated federal law by "subjecting a female employee to a hostile work environment" and then firing her in retaliation for a sexual harassment complaint, according to a release.
The company makes, imports and distributes bags and straws alongside Capital Plastics International Inc.
The employee was the subject of sexually harassing comments, unwelcome touching and other improper conduct from individuals at the company, the release states.
The fee will compensate the former employee and because of the lawsuit the company must develop and implement policies and procedures to address discrimination, harassment and retaliation.