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Disney Restaurant Sued By Former Employee for Religious Discrimination and Harassment

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A former employee of Disney’s Storytellers Café at the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, California, has filed a Complaint against the restaurant for religious and national origin discrimination and harassment.

In her lawsuit, Imane Boudlal, a Muslim woman who wears a hijab or veil as part of her religious beliefs, alleges that she was repeatedly subjected to ethnic and religious slurs from her co-workers, including being called a “terrorist” and a “camel,” and when she reported the harassment to the restaurant’s managers, they never took any action.

Boudlal, a former hostess claim that the Disney restaurant infringed on worker rights when it denied Boudlal’s request to permanently wear a hijab at work because it violated Disney’s “look policy.”  Lawyers for the worker allege that Disney discriminated against Boudlal when they gave her an option of either being stationed in the rear of the restaurant out of customers’ sight or wear several brightly colored large hats on top of her hijab, which no other employee at the restaurant was required to or did wear.  When Boudlal refused the options offered to her because she found the options to be humiliating, she was taken off the restaurant’s schedule and was fired.

The lawsuit seeks to recover back pay, damages for mental anguish, positive damages, and attorneys’ fees.

Owner of 25 McDonald’s Restaurants to Pay $1 Million in EEOC Sexual Harassment Suit

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The owner and franchisee of 25 McDonald’s restaurants has agreed to pay $1,000,000 and provide substantial injunctive relief to resolve a class sexual harassment lawsuit filed by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC).

According to the EEOC’s lawsuit, Missoula Mac violated federal civil rights laws at its Reedsburg, Wis., McDonald’s by permitting male employees to create a hostile work environment of sexual harassment against female co-workers, some of whom were teenagers, and by retaliating against those who complained about sexual harassment.

According to the EEOC’s complaint, since at least 2006, several male employees at the restaurant subjected female co-workers to sexual harassment, including sexual comments, kissing, touching of their private areas, and forcing their hands onto the men’s private parts.  Despite being notified of the situation, Missoula Mac failed and refused to take prompt and appropriate action to correct the harassment and the resulting hostile environment, forcing at least one of the harassed employees to quit.  Further, the company fired other harassed employees after they complained repeatedly about their co-workers’ behavior.  Three women previously employed at the Reedsburg McDonald’s filed discrimination charges with the EEOC that led to the lawsuit.

U.S. District Judge Barbara B. Crabb entered a four-year consent decree resolving the suit.  Under its terms, Missoula Mac will pay out $1 million in compensatory damages to 10 former employees who experienced sexual harassment and retaliation during their employment at the Reedsburg McDonald’s.  The company will also (1) create an ombudsperson position responsible for monitoring, soliciting and resolving complaints of sexual harassment or retaliation; (2) establish telephone and e-mail hotlines for employees to report sexual harassment or retaliation; (3) evaluate its managers’ and supervisors’ performance based in part on whether their restaurants comply with anti-harassment and anti-retaliation laws and policies; (4) track and maintain records of all sexual harassment and retaliation complaints; (5) implement a comprehensive training program to enable its employees to identify sexual harassment and properly investigate internal complaints; (6) post notices at all its restaurants informing employees that it has settled a sexual harassment and retaliation lawsuit with the EEOC and publicizing some settlement terms; and (7) provide periodic reports to the EEOC showing it is complying with the terms of the decree.

19 Women Sue Chicago Restaurant for Sexual Harassment

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The Tilted Kilt, a Celtic-themed bar and restaurant featuring scantily dressed waitresses, has been sued for sexual harassment by its workers.

Lawyers for the women claim that one of the owners bragged about his sexual exploits, attempted to kiss and grab the women, and licked, poked and grabbed the waitresses in a sexual manner. The Complaint against the restaurants is ripe with offensive comments that the waitstaff were subjected to, including “meow, meow, you are a dirty kitty,” “that’s how daddy likes it,” and “you don’t know what I’d like to do to you.” Lewd gestures and offensive, uninvited sexual innuendo created a “sexually hostile, offensive, humiliating and degrading work environment,” according to the lawsuit. In addition to sexual harassment, the employees claim that the management retaliated against workers who complained by cutting their hours and giving them unwanted shifts.

The lawsuit against the restaurant seeks compensatory and punitive damages, as well as attorneys’ fees.

EEOC Sues McDonald’s Restaurant for Hostile Work Environment and Sexual Harassment

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The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) has filed a class action lawsuit against a McDonald’s restaurant in Reedsburg, Wisconsin claiming that the restaurant allowed its male employees to sexually harass its female workers.  The Complaint filed in federal court in the Western District of Wisconsin alleges that the restaurant created a sexually hostile work environment when it subjected its female workers to sexual comments about the bodies of female coworkers, kissed them, touched their private areas, and forced their hands onto the male employees’ private areas.  The EEOC claims that the restaurant’s management ignored the harassment and unlawfully fired two employees when they complained about the harassment.  According to the EEOC, several of the victims were teenage high school students, who were particularly vulnerable to the harassment.