In a rare court action brought in its own name, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission is gearing up for trial against a Darien, Conn., stock brokerage accused of sexual harassment and retaliation.

David Lerner Associates (DLA), the target of three young female brokers’ complaints, turned down the EEOC’s offer to settle the case for $1.4 million only to lose before U.S. District Judge Mark R. Kravitz. Recently ruling against DLA, Kravitz found the commission negotiated in good faith and could include charges of “uninvited touching” that were not specifically pleaded.

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