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California man accuses Chili's of breaking sexual harassment laws

What would you do if you were subjected to unwanted physical touch from your fellow employees and even sexually assault while on the job? What if you complained to management but found your complaints brushed off? What if the coworkers responsible for such sexual harassment were never disciplined for their actions, making your working environment hostile in nature?

This was the exact situation for one Roseville, California, short-order cook who finally decided to take his case to court after management at a Chili’s he worked at failed to adhere to sexual harassment laws. He now seeks compensatory and punitive damages as well as lost wages and benefits in his case.

According to his complaint, there were multiple times in which he was physically touched by coworkers in an inappropriate manner, one incident culminating in a sexual assault in which his life was threatened in order to ensure his silence. But the man, in his complaint, refused to stay quiet and brought this particular instance to the attention of both the management staff of Chili’s and the police. According to the man’s lawsuit, however, his complaints were ignored by his supervisor and manager who are accused of then making negative comments regarding his sexual orientation and race.

Because of constant sexual harassment, both racial and sex discrimination, and an increasingly hostile work environment, the man was forced to leave his job. According to his claims, the coworkers named in his lawsuit were never reprimanded for their actions outside of the criminal prosecution the men faced because of the police report.

As many of our readers can imagine, a situation such as this might require the help of a skilled attorney. Despite the added cost, a lawyer is considered to be an incredible asset, especially when it comes to complicated situations such as the one mentioned above.

Source: Courthouse News Service, "Cook Says Chili's Tolerated Sexual Attack," Barbara Wallace, Sept. 3, 2013

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