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Ex-waitress alleges she lost her job for sexual harassment claims

All Texas employees expect to work in a safe environment that makes them feel comfortable, but that is not always the way that things turn out. An employee for a Sonny's Barbecue restaurant in another state claims that not long after she started working, she was subjected to sexual harassment. She has initiated the process to sue by filing a complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

According to her complaint, the plaintiff was finishing an evening shift when her superior unexpectedly grabbed her rear end. The former waitress claims that she turned around in surprise and gave him a look that should have made him question his actions. She claims she debated if she should report what occurred and decided that it would be a good idea so that it would not happen to others in the future.

She alleges that her goal was never to file a lawsuit, but she wanted to discuss the issue and just make sure it never happened again. When she had her meeting with the human resources representative, the owner, the manager in question and the franchisee, she thought she could tell her side of the story, but she was interrupted. She claims the owner discredited her story because she was only with the company a month and the manager was there 15 years.

The woman asserts that she never wanted to quit her job, but she was fired. A recording of the conversation apparently includes the owner telling her that she is no longer permitted near the restaurant. The president of the company contends in an email that it is a family establishment, and it is sad that someone who was with the company for such a short time has decided to take the issue to court. Although it can be uncomfortable and even scary, Texas workers who have faced sexual harassment have help available to them through the civil court system.

Source:, "Restaurant worker fired after reporting sexual harassment", Nick Ochsner, Jan. 7, 2016

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