Four former employees are suing Raleigh-based Golden Corral Corporation for sexual harassment they say they endured while working in a restaurant in Port Richey, Fla. The plaintiffs, two men and two women, claim they were repeatedly sexually harassed by three male workers, including an associate manager.
According to the lawsuit, the three men propositioned the other four for sex, cornered them and grabbed them. The employees say they complained about the abuse, but did nothing to stop it. One of the male employees says he was fired for complaining.
“It was egregious because it was widespread,” said the plaintiffs’ attorney, Chris Gray. “And it was happening on a daily basis.”
No one named in the suit works for Golden Corral anymore.
Note: While you can’t control everything your employees do, the courts will hold you responsible for how you respond—or don’t respond—to employee complaints. A prompt, decisive response to all complaints about abusive behavior is your best defense against future lawsuits.
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