New York restaurant settles sexual harassment claimsNovember 16, 2012 1:09 pm Leave your thoughts
A manager of a New York steakhouse has been accused of sexually harassing approximately two dozen male waiters, according to the Associated Press. The restaurant – Sparks Steak House – is currently paying $600,000 to settle the claims.
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission reported that the restaurant failed to take action after receiving complaints regarding the manager's harassment throughout an eight-year period.
The 22 plaintiffs said that the manager made lewd comments and attempted to inappropriately touch them. Even after making complaints to other managers and higher-ups, the plaintiffs were allegedly ignored. The claims state that some waiters were even given more difficult work or suspended after making a complaint against the sexually-abusive manager.
"The severe sexual harassment at Sparks ran rampant for too long," EEOC lawyer Robert Rose told the news source.
This particular restaurant is not new to the world of scandal and crime. In 1985, the Sparks Steakhouse was the location of a mafia hit in which organized-crime chief Paul Castellano and his bodyguard Thomas Billotti were murdered. John Gotti was found to be the one who ordered the death of these individuals, according to the source.
What businesses should do to avoid complications in sexual harassment case
Bloomberg Businessweek reported that there are many companies today that require employees to agree to arbitrate complaints, which ensure that proceedings in case of a sexual harassment claim are kept confidential and settlements remain private. Doing so will help businesses ensure that their company's public image remains intact and is not tarnished by the presence of one particular employee.
For further information on employment law, businesses are advised to contact an Arizona business attorney.
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