EEOC Sues Restuarant Management Company for Sexual Harassment and Retaliation
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) Newsroom reports that in April, 2020, the EEOC sued a Georgia restuarant management company that operates several restuarants in Georgia for sexual harassment and retaliation. The press release states that a male line cook at one of the group's restuarants sexually harassment a female line cook in the form of sexual advances, including physical sexual displays and sexual propositions. After the female line cook made a sexual harassment complaint to management, the restuarant group never scheduled her for work again.
The case demonstrates a prima facie case for retaliation - the sexual harassment victim engaged in protected activity (making a sexual harassment complaint to management), the employer took a materially adverse action (not scheduling her for shifts), and nothing but retaliation can explain the materially adverse action (the timing alone is suspicious, in this case). In a retaliation case, it's very important to keep a record of the sexual harassment complaints made to management and any witnesses to those complaints. It's also important to retain a copy of any written sexual harassment complaints that were submitted to management, to preserve a paper trail.
If you have experienced sexual harassment in the workplace, it's important to speak with an experienced sexual harassment attorney as soon as possible. Call us today at (888) 320-7936 or contact us here for a free and confidential consultation to see if we can help.