Kristen McRedmond and Alexandria Lipton, former waitresses at the Sutton Place Restaurant and Bar, have filed a lawsuit against the New York City restaurant for sexual harassment and sexual discrimination, battery and a hostile work environment. McRedmond and Lipton waited tables and tended bar at Sutton Place Restaurant and Bar from August 2004 until they were both terminated in July 2006. According to the complaint, a nighttime shift manager, Neil Hanafy, made vulgar sexual comments and touched the women inappropriately while she worked at the restaurant. Hanafy repeatedly asked the women how much they weighed, and at one point picked one of them up to put her on a scale to settle a poll among male co-workers about her weight. The women are seeking $15 million in compensatory and punitive damages, according to the complaint. Full article.
It can be very isolating to be the victim of sexual harassment and feel as if you may never see justice because the cards are stacked against you. Time after time, women and men have attempted to find recourse, only to find that the sexual assault and sexual harassment is covered up. Sexual harassment is the unlawful to harass a person (an applicant or employee) because of that person’s sex. Harassment can include sexual harassment or unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical harassment of a sexual nature. The federal law prohibiting sexual discrimination in the workplace is Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Title VII applies to private employers, state and local government employers, labor organizations, employment agencies, and joint employer-union apprenticeship programs with 15 or more employees.
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