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New York, NY- A Manhattan steakhouse has agreed to pay $600,000 to settle allegations that a male manager sexually harassed close to two dozen male waiters, according to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.
The lawsuit against Sparks Steak House stated that over an eight-year period a male manager repeatedly grabbed the buttocks of 22 men on the wait staff, along with making unwanted sexual comments. The manager also attempted to touch some the men’s genitals.
Even though many of the men approached the restaurant’s manager about the abusive behavior, the EEOC alleged that no one took steps to end the harassment.
In addition to paying the men $600,000, Sparks Steak House is also required to institute a sexual harassment and anti-discrimination training program and must establish a hotline for employees.
Over the past few years, the EEOC has seen a decline in the overall reports of sexual harassment, but reports of male-on-male harassment have increased by 16 percent.
The decrease of reports would indicate that sexual harassment is no longer a major issue in the workplace, but this may not be the case since many women ignore the misconduct for fear they will not be taken seriously or will be fired. This also applies to men.
No one, male or female, should have to tolerate this abuse, but when their superiors refuse to take action, the victims must turn to a New York sexual harassment lawyer to put a stop to the unwanted behavior. With the help of a skilled attorney those who have faced discrimination, harassment and retaliation can pursue a financial settlement for lost wages and emotional distress.
Sexual harassment is something everyone has to worry about, regardless of their age, gender or race. Incidents that involve unwanted sexual behaviors can take place anywhere, creating a hostile work environment for not just the direct victims, but for anyone else who is around and noticing when the harassment is happening.
Instances of sexual harassment can include verbal incidents, such as lewd jokes, comments about a person’s figure or clothing, discriminative remarks about someone’s sexual orientation, or quid pro quo requests for sex in exchange for benefits like a raise or promotion. Physical sexual harassment can include someone blocking your way if you are trying to pass them, someone looking at another person up and down in a sexually provocative manner, or an actual assault attack that may include fondling – or more severely, rape.
No matter what the incidents entail, sexual harassment is unacceptable and victims are entitled to seek help immediately to stop the unwanted actions and ensure the harasser is brought to justice. If you or someone you know experienced sexual harassment or assault at work, in school or at any other place, turn to a sexual harassment lawyer immediately to file a case and protect your rights.
Victims of sexual harassment may be entitled to compensation for their pain and suffering, which may include money damages, medical care and lost wages. Sexual harassment lawyers do everything in their power to help victims obtain the maximum recovery possible and work diligently to ensure the incidents never happen again.
While victims can stop sexual harassment, many are scared to come forward out of fear that the offender will retaliate or embarrassment. Sexual harassment attorneys encourage all victims to come forward because doing nothing about the situation will undoubtedly ensure it gets worse. Schedule a consultation today.
New York, NY- Sexual harassment in the workplace is a serious problem, and there are laws in place to protect the men and women who must deal with this kind of abuse. But a new Australian report shows that people, who report sexual harassment, make things worse for themselves.
One in five women is sexually harassed at work and on college campuses. It was and still is such a widespread problem that laws were created to protect workers, but reporting harassment has consequences and discourages men and women from reporting any incidents.
A study by the Australian Humans Right Commission found that when women report inappropriate touching or sexually charged comments to their supervisors end up suffering retaliation. And while this is not a new issue, the study found that since 2003, the suffering of people who reported this misconducted rose from 7 percent to 23 percent.
The Australian study also showed that number of men facing sexual harassment rose from 7 percent in 2003 to 23 percent.
Retaliation, even though illegal, is all too common. Instead of punishing the aggressor, employers punish their employees by cutting their hours, treating them poorly, or even firing them.
In addition to dealing with emotional distress, the object of harassment can lose valuable wages or be passed up for promotions simply by speaking up. Fortunately, they have a legal course of action they can follow.
The first step is to report the abusive actions or comments to their supervisor. If a superior refuses to address the issue a sexual harassment attorney can step in and file a suit against the negligent employer. Those who are subjected to repeated harassment are eligible to receive compensation.
Des Moines, IA- Two teen girls filed a lawsuit against their shift trainer at a local McDonald’s alleging that he sexually harassed them in 2010 and 2011 and they were retaliated against when they complained.
Cynthia Monahan and Christin Goggin allege that their shift manager subjected them to unwanted sexual comments and sending them graphic images of cartoon pornography. The lawsuit even alleges that he groped one of the young women.
Monahan, 16, and Goggin, 17, went to their supervisor to complain about their manager’s behavior. But instead of him taking action, the “sarcastic and demeaning” manager reduced their work hours.
Both women said they “explicitly and unequivocally” rejected the shift manager’s advances, who is around 30. However, this didn’t stop him and when the women retorted by telling him to find someone closer to his age, he replied “Age is just a number.”
He also sent several cartoon pornographic images to the women.
The first step in stopping sexual harassment is to directly confront the offender. If this doesn’t stop the misconduct, the harassed employee must take their complaint to management. This should stop the harassment, but too often employers fail to take action.
When a person is dealing with a hostile work environment, and those in the position to stop it do nothing. The victims have no option other than to hire a sexual harassment attorney to file a suit. A strong case will enable the victims to seek compensation for their emotional distress and lost wages.
Beverly Hills, CA- “Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” star Lisa Vanderpump owns several restaurants and gives the impression that she knows what she’s doing, but an employee at her Beverly Hills Villa Blanco says she’s a less than perfect boss, alleging Vanderpump ignored her repeated complaints that she was being sexually harassed.
Karina Bustillos claims that in April of this year, restaurant manager Michael Govia tricked her by telling her to close her eyes. When she opened them, an open-mouthed Govia was near her mouth, attempting to kiss her. Bustillos was outraged and complained about the incident, according to TMZ.
After complaining, Govia started calling her names like “b*tch” and “c*nt”, telling servers he “could have her,” suggesting he could sleep with her if he wanted. In one incident Govia allegedly “grabbed and twisted her wrists.”
Bustillos also alleges that when she approached Vanderpump to complain of the abuse, she refused to listen.
Bustillos filed a lawsuit because she was forced to quit because of the unaddressed harassment. She is seeking $5 million in compensation.
Vanderpump denies the claims, andhas stated that no harassment appears on surveillance video. She plans to fight the charges.
The first step in dealing with sexual harassment is to file a complaint with a supervisor. But too often they refuse to acknowledge the behavior, the victim then must turn to a sexual harassment attorney who will force the employer to recognize the abuse, and compensate the victim for lost wages and emotional distress.
Victims of sexual harassment are often afraid to come forward because they are embarrassed about their situation or because they fear the offender will retaliate. However, victims should know they are not alone. One Hollywood actress has stepped forward admitting she was the victim of sexual harassment. Hopefully her revelations will inspire courage in others who were hurt by a sexual predator to also come forward and fight for their rights.
Actress Susan Sarandon has admitted she was the victim of unwanted sexual misconduct. In an interview with ELLE magazine released on October 15, 2012, Sarandon, 66, reveals she was the victim of a predatory casting agent early on in her career.
“I just went into a room, and a guy practically threw me on the desk. It was in my early days in New York, and it was really disgusting. It wasn’t like I gave it a second thought, it was so badly done,” explained Sarandon.
Sexual harassment is defined as any unwanted and unwelcomed conduct that is sexual in nature. It can include anything from a general sexual joke to a serious physical attack like rape, but one thing that all sexual harassment has in common is that it violates a person’s rights. If you or someone you know has been targeted by a sexual offender, speak to a leading sexual harassment lawyer right away to put an end to the unwanted actions.
Sexual harassment lawyers do whatever it takes to ensure your rights are protected. They will make sure the offender is brought to justice and will also see to it that you receive the money damages and lost wages you deserve for your pain and suffering. Contact a sexual harassment attorney today to file a claim and protect your rights.
New York, NY- Last year the Boathouse restaurant in Central Park was sued by a waitress for creating a hostile work environment. Now another waitress is alleging that the restaurant is run “like a frat house,” and she was sexually harassed by male staff and has filed a federal lawsuit.
In a lawsuit filed with a Manhattan court, Marie Angier, 39, said two male waiters told her they were having a “contest” to see which one of them would have sex with her first.
“The even openly bragged about their contest,” the suit says.
Angier,who has worked at the Boathouse for six years, also stated that the restaurant’s bookkeeper would corner her in area by the time clock, dubbed “The Cage,” and refused to hand over her paycheck until she agreed to go out with him. He would also try to kiss her.
Dean Poll, the Boathouse’s owner, was also named in the suit after unusual comments he made to staff after getting negative online reviews. According to the suit Poll said, “People who have sex without love are prostitutes. So if you are here working without love you are a prostitute.”
Angier is seeking punitive damages and lost wages.
Dean Poll denies her allegations, and insists he did not refer to his employees as prostitutes, adding that the lawsuit was frivolous.
Angier initially filed a complaint with the EEOC, but in June they ruled that they were unable to prove the behavior violated federal law.
Sometimes these types of cases should be referred to a New York sexual harassment attorney, who will devote a great deal of time and energy to their client’s case, so they get the settlement they deserve.
New York, NY- A former stagehand for the Metropolitan Opera has filed a lawsuit against the company alleging that her male co-workers subjected her to a hostile work environment by sexually harassing her and putting her in physical danger.
Teri Osborne, 53, worked for the company for three years as their only female stagehand, and stated in her federal lawsuit that the harassment began almost immediately.
“They started heckling me immediately, day in, day out and we worked very long days,” Osborne told the New York Post, “They acted like badly-behaved 8 year-old boys.”
The New York Post also reported that her direct supervisor set the tone for other employees when he began calling her a “girl.” Her fellow stagehands would subject her to repeated sexual advances.
Osborne’s career ended when she was pushed to the ground by a coworker, who fell on her. There were no witnesses to the inciden,t but she was left with physical injuries that ended her career. Now she is utilizing the expertise of a sexual harassment attorney to seek compensation.
The New York Post story didn’t state whether Osborne reported the harassment to the Met, which would be the first step in building a strong case. With an effective case, the sexual harassment victim can recover their lost wages and ask for punitive damages for the emotional distress the objects of sexual misconduct often face.