NEW YORK (CNNfn) -- The top two officials at Mitsubishi Motor Corp.'s U.S. auto operations have resigned, the company confirmed Tuesday.
The resignations come a year after the Equal Opportunity Employment Commission charged that sexual harassment was pervasive at the company's Normal, Ill. plant.
Although reports say that Tsuneo Ohinouye, chairman of Mitsubishi Motor Manufacturing of America and Tohei Takeuchi, president of Mitsubishi Motor Sales of America, were fired, the company says they are stepping down. The two will remain advisers to the company, a Mitsubishi spokeswoman said.
The changes came after Lynn Martin, the former U.S. Secretary of Labor who Mitsubishi hired last May to advise it on eliminating harassment, met in Tokyo with Mitsubishi officials to discuss the company's progress, the Washington Post reported Tuesday.
The Post said the two officials were ousted because they resisted attempts by Martin's task force to prevent harassment. In February, Martin's commission recommended major changes, including an overhaul of Mitsubishi's human resources department and creation of a separate department to handle sexual harassment and other discrimination complaints.
The lawsuit, originally filed in April 1996, alleged that sexual harassment at the plant included groping, touching and requiring women to engage in sexual relations in order to retain their positions. The company denied the allegations, saying such activity was not widespread.