Closed Waikiki bar must pay $250K for sex harassment lawsuit

HONOLULU — The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission says the owners of a shuttered Waikiki sports bar must pay more than $250,000 in penalties for sexual harassment.

A lawsuit says an owner, managers and patrons of Snappers Sports Bar and Grill subjected women employees to harassment, including lewd comments about their bodies and inappropriate touching.

Pacific Fun Enterprises, doing business as Snappers Sports Bar and Grill and Snap-ette Beach and Liquor Store filed for bankruptcy in 2017. The agency will try to recover the $250,000 through bankruptcy proceedings.

A bankruptcy attorney representing the company didn’t immediately return messages seeking comment. Court documents say Michael and Colleen Wenzel owned the bar. They couldn’t immediately be reached for comment.

The agency announced Friday that the ruling comes after the company failed to answer the lawsuit.


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