Steak 'N Shake Sexual Harassment Case to be Determined by Jury
Washington Sexual Harassment Lawyer reports that a Texas appellate court ruled that a jury will decide whether Texas restaurant chain Steak ‘N Shake is liable for sexual harassment. In 2011, during a late-night shift, the Plaintiff, known as B.C., was sexually assaulted by her Steak ‘N Shake manager who tried to remove her clothing, showed her his genitals, and tried to force her to perform oral sex on him. Since the sexual harassment lawsuit was first filed in 2011, the case has been heavily litigated including two trips to the Texas Supreme Court. In the latest ruling, a Texas appellate court stated that the trial court had erred in granting Steak ‘N Shake’s summary judgment motion. In the summary judgment motion, Steak ‘N Shake’s attorneys argued that the alleged attacker, Jose Thomas Ventura, was not a vice principal of the company. As a result, Steak ‘N Shake would not be strictly liable for the sexual assault on B.C. However, B.C.’s sexual harassment lawyer argued that Ventura qualifies as a vice principal of Steak ‘N Shake because he was the only manager working on the night of the sexual assault and he had the power to hire and fire employees. The appellate court agreed with B.C. The case will now be sent back to the trial court to decide whether Steak ‘N Shake is liable for the alleged sexual assault. If you have experienced sexual harassment, it's important to get in touch with a Washington sexual harassment lawyer as soon as possible. A Washington sexual harassment lawyer can advise you as to next steps in your sexual harassment case. Contact us today at 888-320-7936 for a free sexual harassment consultation.