Sexual harassment claims were made against a Buffalo Wild Wings restaurant in Mount Pleasant, Michigan. The lawsuit was filed against the restaurant chain, which includes Blazin Wings and JK and T Wings, in August by a female server who alleged that she endured sexual harassment and retaliation by her manager. Both the Federal Civil Rights Act and the state of Michigan’s Elliott-Larson Civil Rights Act were cited in the suit.
Since 2013, the server has been employed by the restaurant and states in the claim that she was repeatedly harassed by her manager. Her manager grabbed her buttocks, stomach, and hips and referred to her as chubby. He routinely made lewd comments and insinuations while he groped her body or touched her face, including the times before and after she underwent a breast augmentation.
No Sign of Punishment
Although the server complained to the Human Resources department about the alleged abuse, they did not issue any other type of reprimand or punishment other than speaking to the manager about his behavior. After reporting her complaints, her manager retaliated against her by sending her home for no specified reason during her work hours. Her further attempts at making complaints to Human Resources resulted in pleas that she stop the complaints and let the matter go.
The server then filed a complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission in April, which led to her permission in July to file an official suit in federal district court. The suit requests emotional, economic, and non-economic damages due to the toxic behavior she endured at Buffalo Wild Wings, which caused her pain, suffering, and psychological trauma.
Escalated Risk in Restaurant Industry
According to the Human Resources department at Buffalo Wild Wings, the server and manager continue to work in the same restaurant. It is claimed that the company takes the sexual harassment claims seriously, will address any employment concerns that arise, and works to provide a safe work environment.
Unfortunately, sexual harassment and the subsequent claims that may follow pepper the restaurant industry due to a lively, party atmosphere that these types of restaurants convey and the consistent flow of alcoholic beverages. Employees in the restaurant business may witness, as well as endure, sexual harassment from patrons and even employers. At times, they may dismiss the behavior as an occupational hazard, especially if they rely on tips from disrespectful patrons to supplement their hourly salary.
South Jersey Sexual Harassment Lawyers at Sidney L. Gold & Associates, P.C. Fight for Victims Harmed in the Workplace
If you believe that you are a victim of sexual harassment due to inappropriate touching, crude comments, or other employment discrimination, such as retaliation or wrongful termination, our South Jersey sexual harassment lawyers at Sidney L. Gold & Associates, P.C. will assist you. We will examine your claim and ensure that you receive a favorable outcome. To schedule a free, confidential consultation, contact us at 215-569-1999 or contact us online. From our office in Philadelphia, we represent clients throughout New Jersey.