A teenage girl who worked in a Coral Springs McDonald’s is suing the franchise holder after her store manager, Hector Figueroa, carried on a sexual relationship with her for nearly a year. The relationship began when she was 15 and he was 22.
Coral Springs-based Haronmar Inc., the franchisee, faces charges of sexual harassment and negligent hiring, training and supervision. Figueroa also faces felony charges of lewd and lascivious battery. The lawsuit claims he had sex with the teenager in his office and on the roof.
The lawsuit alleges that the company knew about their relationship and about other occasions when adult managers had engaged in inappropriate sexual conduct with minor female employees.
Figueroa’s lawyer says the girl’s family knew about the relationship. “The only thing that led up to her dropping a dime on my client is when he broke up with her,” he said.
Final note: No employer needs this sort of publicity, especially if parents with young children are an important part of the customer base. Train managers and supervisors to immediately report any suspected sexual activity at work, especially if the conduct may also be criminal—as is the case when an adult engages in a relationship with a minor.