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Vail resort workers get $1M lawsuit settlement

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Posted at 1:03 PM, Feb 16, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-16 15:03:27-05

Eight Mexican workers at a luxury resort in Vail have agreed to a $1 million settlement of their civil rights lawsuit after allegations of sexual harassment and discrimination.

Two of the workers, Maribel Soto and Maribel Luisa Baltazar Benitez, spoke to reporters Tuesday after reaching the settlement with Vail Run Resort and its management company.

The women said the luxury Vail resort allowed sexual harassment. The women said a manager sexually harassed them for more than a year, in one case attacking a housekeeper cleaning a room in the 54-unit timeshare.

They said the resort allowed the abuse, threatening to fire or deport workers who complained.

In addition to the money, the company agreed to hire a bilingual monitor for five years to ensure the settlement is enforced.

Attorneys for Vail Run Resort did not immediately return calls for comment.