Our lawyers discussed the lawsuit involving six male employees at a Phoenix Cheesecake Factory who endured repeated and severe sexual assaults by a group of male kitchen workers. The male employees were allegedly dragged kicking and screaming into the refrigerator where the male kitchen workers groped their genitals, forced simulated rape, and made offensive and sexual remarks. The Cheesecake Factory restaurant chain settled the lawsuit brought by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) by paying $345,000 in monetary damages.
The Associated Press reported this week on another male on male sexual harassment case, in which employee Jonathan Pilkington was allegedly harassed by a male chef in a sexual manner, with groping, fondling, and pinching his genitals on numerous occasions while he worked at Fleming's Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar. Pilkington stood up for himself and complained to a supervisor, but the violations reportedly did not stop. Pilkington claims to have finally yelled at the chef, to stop the harassment and was fired a few days later--he claims in retaliation for filing the complaints.
Sexual Harassment in the workplace violates Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. According to the EEOC the filing of male sexual harassment charges has steadily multiplied over the past ten years from 12% to 16%. In 2009 the complaints filed by men totaled over 2,000, out of around 12,700 sexual harassment cases.
The majority of these charges reportedly involve men harassing other men. The Associated Press reports that ever since the Supreme Court validated same-sex harassment claims under federal anti-discrimination laws in a 1998 ruling, the number of male sexual harassment cases has grown rapidly. The ruling came from a case that involved a worker on an offshore oil rig, who was reportedly victimized by enduring sex-based comments by his colleagues, as well as being sodomized in the shower with a bar of soap.
The EEOC claims that more lawsuits have been filed on behalf of male victims--to clearly show that this kind of behavior is a violation of the law.
At Howard Law, PC our employment and labor lawyers fight for your rights to a workplace free from unlawful discrimination and violations of employment and labor laws. If you or someone you know has been sexually harassment against and subjected to violations in the workplace in Orange County and throughout Southern California, contact our attorneys today.
More Men File Workplace Sexual Harassment Claims, Associated Press, March 4, 2010
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