A lawsuit was recently filed against a North Carolina restaurant stemming from allegations of sexual harassment committed by one of its workers.
The suit was filed by a former employee who claims a manager exposed himself to her and created a hostile environment.
The owner of the restaurant, a Pancake House in Gastonia, has publicly stated the allegations are incorrect and has denied any wrongdoing by the staff.
The plaintiff had worked at the restaurant for five years and claims the illegal actions occurred between October and December 2007. The lawsuit, which also alleges the defendant had also called the ex-waitress at her home and inappropriately touched her during shifts, was filed on July 27 by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.
The case highlights the reasons companies need to institute and follow legal business practices. Failing to do so can lead to expensive professional liability lawsuits and can damage a company's reputation.