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Wisconsin IHOP ordered to pay $105,000 to sexual harassment victims

A federal jury has ordered the former owners of the IHOP restaurant in Racine, Wisconsin, to pay two former waitresses $105,000 in punitive damages for having been sexually harassed by their assistant manager.

The EEOC, which filed the lawsuit, said that the two waitresses were subjected to a hostile work environment that included “unwelcome physical touching, propositions for sex, and sexual comments.”  The two waitresses were teenagers at the time that the sexual harassment occurred in 2004 and 2005.

The lawsuit had claimed that the IHOP franchise ignored early complaints of sexual harassment and that the employee who filed the charge of discrimination suffered from retaliation and was fired after she complained about the harassment.

Other waitresses said they faced the same harassment.  They testified that Management Hospitality of Racine, the company that operated the IHOP, failed to correct the situation. The IHOP restaurant at which the servers were harassed was owned by Salauddin Janmohammed, and managed by a management consulting firm, Flipmeastack, which is owned by Janmohammed’s wife.

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CEO Doctor at Munster’s Medical Specialists sued for sexual harassment

Sally Gibbs, former CEO of Munster’s Medical Specialists Centers of Indiana, filed a sexual harassment lawsuit against the company’s current CEO, Dr. Alex Stemer.  Gibbs has accused Alex Stemer of making unwanted sexual advances and then firing her after she refused his advances.

Gibbs claims that Stemer made frequent unwelcome sexual remarks the entire time she worked with him and that he tried to kiss her on at least one occassion.  After she rejected his attempt to kiss her, Gibbs alleges that Stemer stormed off angrily.  The lawsuit mentions one instance where Stemer allegedly told Gibbs, “I can feel your blood running through my veins,” and “our organs should be connected.”

In the lawsuit, Gibbs has also accused Stemer of planning “to obtain higher Medicare reimbursement rates by falsifying medical records and by billing for services that were not actually provided.”

Gibbs alleges that she was fired in 2008 in retaliation for refusing Stemer’s sexual advances and for opposing his plans to commit Medicare fraud.

Before filing this lawsuit, Gibbs filed a claim with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. After the EEOC did not act on her claim within the required 180 days, it approved Gibbs’ request to file a private lawsuit. 

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EEOC sues Boh Bros. for alleged sexually hostile work environment

The EEOC has filed a lawsuit against Boh Bros. Construction Co. for allegedly subjecting a male employee to sexual harassment and a hostile work environment that consisted of repeated “unwelcome verbal and physical sexual taunting, innuendo, and sexual advances” by the site superintendent at a post-Hurricane Katrina bridge repair project.

The lawsuit claims that ironworker Kerry Woods was harassed in 2006 by the superintendent, who accused Woods of being a homosexual and who stood behind him and pretended to have anal sex with him.

After Woods complained about the workplace bullying, Boh Bros. allegedly retaliated against him by transferring him to another company facility and reducing his salary.  Woods was then fired in early 2007 shortly after his transfer.

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Cheesecake Factory pays $345,000 to settle male-on-male sexual harassment lawsuit

The EEOC announced that Cheesecake Factory Inc has agreed to pay $345,000 to six male employees who were allegedly sexually harassed by other male kitchen workers at the Cheesecake Factory restaurant in Chandler, Arizona.

The EEOC lawsuit claimed that the workplace bullies touched the victims inappropriately, made inappropriate sexual comments, and forced the victims into repeated incidents of simulated rape.  In one instance, managers allegedly witnessed employees dragging the male victims kicking and screaming into a refrigerated room.

Mary Jo O’Neill, regional attorney of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission district office in Phoenix, said, “The evidence was clear, and everyone knew about it. Beyond the lavish decor that the company boasts on its website was a horribly dysfunctional workplace where male workers lived in fear.”

Cheesecake Factory restaurant in Chandler, AZ

Cheesecake Factory restaurant in Chandler, AZ

Despite the fact that the victims, Bryce Fitzpatrick, Albert Miller, Jesse DeJong, Michael Wilson, John Andrew, and Julio Muñoz, complained to almost every manager at the restaurant, but none of the managers did anything to stop the workplace bullying.

One victim eventually called the police and reported the hostile work environment and sexual harassment.  Chandler police investigated the incidents but did not file any charges.

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Toxic boss ‘brought prostitutes to business meetings’

A former employee accused UK-based Nomos Capital owner, Mark Lowe, of sex discrimination and creating a hostile work environment by telling inappropriate, sexist jokes to employees and by frequently bringing prostitutes to business meetings.

Mark Lowe

Mark Lowe

 

Jordan Wimmer, 29, is suing Lowe for £4 million at a London employment tribunal for firing her from her £500,000 a year job as a marketing executive after having subjected her to ongoing sexual harassment.

Wimmer testified that Lowe, who is estimated to be worth £103 million, brought an Asian escort named Ling to investor and distribution meetings in Hong Kong in October 2005.  Wimmer said, “In spite of everyone else wearing formal business attire on these occasions Ling wore designer hot pants which barely covered her buttocks, stilettos and no stockings… which was very inappropriate.”  Lowe also allegedly brought a Russian escort to business meetings in London, Paris and Geneva.

On the Paris trip, Wimmer told the tribunal that Lowe took Ms Wimmer and a female colleague to two topless clubs during their Paris trip, where Lowe suggested that they get their own “private lap dance.”

Wimmer also alleged that Lowe repeatedly told sexist jokes to employees and that he referred to Wimmer as a “bimbo” and “stupid blonde” on a number of occasions.

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Kansas congressional candidate sued for creating hostile work environment

Ann Rollins Johnson, the former director of the Salina Housing Authority in Kansas, filed a lawsuit against congressional candidate Alan Jilka for allegedly making sexual advances towards Johnson and then trying to get her fired for refusing Jilka’s sexual advances

Congressional Candidate Alan Jilka

Congressional Candidate Alan Jilka

The federal lawsuit, filed on October 13, alleges that Jilka subjected Johnson to “severe, pervasive and ongoing sexual harassment by and through a hostile work environment based on her sex or gender because she would not become involved romantically” with Jilka.

Alan Jilka is a former Salina mayor and city commissioner who is seeking the Democratic nomination for the Kansas congressional seat being vacated by Rep. Jerry Moran.

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Crowley County Prison Firms Pay $1.3 Million To Settle Rape and Sexual Harassment Lawsuit

The operators of the Crowley County Correctional Facility, a privately-operated Colorado prison, have agreed to pay $1.3 million to settle a sexually hostile work environment and retaliation lawsuit filed by the EEOC on behalf of 21 female former prison employees.

The allegations that were filed against the prison operators, Dominion Correctional Services, LLC and Corrections Corporation of America, included a charge that a female corrections officer was coerced first into performing oral sex, and later intercourse, with a male captain, for fear of losing her job.

In another instance, a female officer made a sexual harassment complaint against a male coworker. This officer was subsequently assigned to an isolated prison gate, where she was raped by the man about whom she had complained.

The EEOC claims that women who complained about the sexually hostile workplace faced retaliation, including “assigning them to the worst and most dangerous work assignments” at the prison.

“The conduct alleged here is reprehensible,” said EEOC regional attorney Mary Jo O’Neill. “In a profession already fraught with the danger of dealing with prison inmates, it is inexcusable that another layer of fear was imposed by the men to whom these women reported and with whom they worked.”

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