A Georgia restaurant management company that manages Locos Grill & Pub, The Derby, Tavern House, and Central City Tavern restaurants came under fire after forcing a female employee to work in a sexually hostile environment and discharged her after her harassment complaints. The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has filed a lawsuit.
The EEOC suit filed April 22, 2020, describes a male line cook at Sugar Hill’s Locos Grill & Pub making unwanted sexual advances toward a female line cook, including obscene gestures and indecent propositions. When the female cook reported the incidents, Locos Grill & Pub removed her from scheduling, thus violating Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
Title VII prohibits sexual harassment or assault in the workplace and forbids employers from firing, demoting, or punishing employees who come forward with complaints. The EEOC filed the lawsuit against WRIG Management, LLC after failing to reach a pre-litigation settlement. The EEOC confirms it is financially assisting the employee, as well as helping prevent future discrimination.
More information about the EEOC and the federal laws against employee harassment or discrimination can be found at www.eeoc.gov.
— Staff Reports