The EEOC has filed a lawsuit against the owners of Alamos Verdes, a popular Mexican restaurant in Colorado, for severe physical and verbal sexual harassment of April Wyatt and several other female employees.
The two co-owners, brothers Paul Daniel Martinez, 57, and John Gregory “Greg” Martinez, 56, have also been accused of firing Wyatt in retaliation after she complained of the abuse.
The EEOC alleges that from 2003 to 2006, Paul Martinez repeatedly groped Wyatt, who was just 16 years old when she started working at the Alamos Verdes restaurant. The suit alleges that Martinez made inappropriate comments to Wyatt, grabbed her backside, crotch and breast; pulled her underwear; and stuck his fingers in her mouth when she yawned.
Wyatt claims that she was fired shortly after she complained about the harassment in November 2006.
The suit also alleges that Greg Martinez and another unnamed owner and manager of the restaurant subjected female employees to sexually hostile work environment, including making statements that all female employees are “stupid,” and that “the only things women are good at are bitching and moaning.”
“The conduct alleged here is reprehensible,” Stuart J. Ishimaru, acting chairman of the EEOC, said in a statement. “The harassment was compounded by the retaliation against a teenager who sought to complain about her illegal treatment. The EEOC treats this type of violation with the utmost urgency and will act vigorously to uphold the laws prohibiting sexual harassment and retaliation.”