The EEOC is suing Angelo’s Pizza and Grill in Rouse’s Point on the shores of Lake Champlain, alleging that three managers subjected female employees to unwanted sexual advances and lewd comments.
According to the complaint, the managers would simulate sex acts with cucumbers and orange traffic cones, threaten to take “bad girls” back to the office for spankings and make other suggestive remarks. The suit claims the behavior was directed at all female Angelo’s employees at least from 2005 to the present.
EEOC efforts to mediate the dispute failed, prompting the lawsuit. The suit seeks compensatory and punitive damages and a stop to the discriminatory behavior. Barring a settlement, the case will go to trial.
Note: Small businesses often mistakenly believe federal anti-discrimination laws do not apply to them. In fact, Title VII applies to employers with as few as 15 employees. Even small businesses must have someone to whom employees may report harassment.