EEOC: Restaurant Mgr. Recorded Male Employees, Business Didn’t Stop Harassment

A restaurant manager’s alleged cell phone recording of male Mexican-American employees using the restroom–and the restaurant’s nonresponse to his behavior–are at the center of a Title VII lawsuit filed by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

According to EEOC’s lawsuit, the restaurant manager, using a hidden cell phone, secretly video-recorded male workers at Achiote restaurant. located in San Ysidro, Calif. –all Mexican-American, between the ages of 19 and 21 – while they were using the men’s staff restroom during work hours.  On learning that he had been recorded, a 21-year-old male server immediately reported the activity both to the San Diego Police Department and the restaurant’s owner, EEOC said.

In addition, the EEOC alleges,  the restaurant failed to adequately  respond to the sexual harassment complaint and subsequently retaliated against the male worker who complained by demoting him to bussing tables, substantially reducing his work schedule from five to two days per week, and issuing excessive formal discipline.  Due to this ongoing hostile work environment and abusive working conditions, the worker was forced to quit, EEOC said.

Here’s more on the lawsuit.


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