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Transgender Employee’s Rights Violated By Applebee’s Restaurant in New York, EEOC Says

The firing of a female employee allegedly because she complained about sexual harassment has resulted in her employer opposite the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission in an employment discrimination lawsuit.

The EEOC announced on Friday that it has filed this Title VII lawsuit againstĀ Apple Metro, Inc., which operates several dozen Applebee’s Neighborhood Bar & Grill restaurants in the New York City area. The alleged Title VII violation took place at the company’s Hawthorne, N.Y., restaurant, the EEOC said.

According to the EEOC’s complaint, Apple Metro staff made numerous crude and derogatory references to the employee’s transgender status, repeatedly and intentionally referred to her with a male name and male pronouns, and made offensive comments about her genitalia. After the employee complained to management about the harassment on several occasions, the company fired her.

“The law requires employers who receive reports of sex harassment to investigate and take action to stop any unlawful treatment of their employees,” said Kevin Berry, the EEOC’s New York District director. “That includes harassment of individuals because of their gender identity.”

“The EEOC is committed to protecting the rights of all employees under federal law, through litigation if necessary, so that employees can work with dignity,” said Jeffrey Burstein, regional attorney for the EEOC’s New York District Office.

 

N.C. Restaurant in $81K Settlement With EEOC Over Harassment of Female Server/Cashier

Restaurant patrons typically don’t see what goes on in the kitchen; they just want their food served hot and on time. But what supposedly went on at a Goldsboro, North Carolina seafood restaurant would give any observant customers pause.

According to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, a female kitchen worker at the restaurant was subjected to offensive sexual touching and comments from the male supervisor and male kitchen workers.

She complained to her immediate supervisor but the mistreatment continued.

After the worker filed criminal charges against the restaurant manager and kitchen workers, her hours were reduced and she was ultimately removed from the work schedule, the EEOC charged, in retaliation for her complaints about the sexual harassment.

The restaurant agreed to pay $81,500 to settle the lawsuit, the EEOC announced yesterday.

“Punishing employees who oppose discriminatory employment practices violates federal law and only makes a bad situation worse,” said Lynette A. Barnes, regional attorney for EEOC’s Charlotte District Office.