A series of celebrity chefs have recently made headlines after being accused of sexual harassment.
Georgia chef Paula Deen, known for her southern cooking and cheery personality, is still dealing with a sexual harassment suit filed by a former employee who claims she was harassed for years while working in Deen’s restaurant.
However, Deen is just one of the many celebrity chefs that have been faced with accusations of workplace hostility.
Las Vegas restaurant owner Rick Moonen was hit with a sexual harassment lawsuit last February by two former bartenders who claimed a general manager at the restaurant made inappropriate sexual comments to them and touched them without their consent. The victims allege that once they complained, they were fired as retaliation.
“Hell’s Kitchen” chef Gordon Ramsey may be entertaining to watch, but according to Janet Kim, Ramsey’s over-the-top behavior gave rise to hostility at the workplace.
Kim filed a complaint alleging that the male staff at one of Ramsey’s restaurants, Commis, harassed her and propositioned her for sex while she was working there as a chef.
While Kim didn’t say that Ramsey was involved in the harassment, she did claim that his abrasive attitude created a hostile work environment, which contributed to harassment.
Food Network’s Anne Burrell was also slapped with a sexual harassment allegation. Female employees claimed Burrell made derogatory comments about their breasts and clothing and alleged that male employees received preferential treatment. They also contend they were fired once they brought forth complaints.
Are these celebrity chefs brewing good food or sexual harassment in their kitchens? This will be a matter for courts to decide.
Anyone who has been subjected to unwanted sexual conduct should file a case with a sexual harassment lawyer to ensure the behavior ceases immediately.
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