The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission filed a lawsuit against the New Pine Ridge Restaurant in Merrill, Wisconsin. The EEOC alleges that a cook created a hostile work environment and that management retaliated against his accusers.
Three women, who worked as waitresses, claimed that Shahi Selmani, 50, grabbed their breasts and made inappropriate sexual comments. They also allege that when they reported the harassment to management their complaints were ignored and no steps were taken to out an end to problem. The women were also fired.
Judy Woller, who is the executive director of Household Abuse Victims Emergency Network, told the Wausau Daily Herald that the New Pine Ridge Restaurant has a record of sexual assault, and that most victims have not come forward with formal allegations.
Women who are subjected to repeat harassment can employ a sexual harassment attorney to halt their abuse and recover their lost wages if they are retaliated against.
Slemani was charged with three counts of fourth degree sexual assault on the women and pleaded no contest in 2009.
Many women don’t report sexual harassment for fear of retaliation. When women do speak out they need sexual harassment lawsuits to be their advocates in the courtroom.
Retaliating against a victim is forbidden by law, but many businesses resort to this tactic instead of addressing the harassment. A sexual harassment lawyer can recoup the loss of wages and request punitive damages for those who are victimized in the workplace.
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