Wells Fargo pays $290,000 in sex harassment case

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RENO, Nev. (AP) — Wells Fargo Bank has agreed to pay $290,000 to four tellers in Nevada to settle a same-sex sexual harassment case brought by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

The lawsuit accused a female manager and female teller at a Reno bank of subjecting the four women to a sexually hostile work environment dating to December 2010.

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission says one of the tellers resigned in 2011 because she no longer could tolerate the women's graphic sexual comments, gestures and images. The commission says the four women also were told that they should wear sexually provocative clothing to help attract customers and advance in the workplace.

Assistant bank vice president Tony Timmons said Wednesday it was an isolated incident. He says Wells Fargo is committed to a welcoming work environment.