Mexican restaurant chain sued by own waitresses over sexual harassment

Last Updated: Sun, Nov 04, 2012 08:50 hrs

A popular Mexican food restaurant chain has been sued by its waitresses at a Hawaii branch, who claim that the CEO and high level managers sexually harassed them and demanded sex.

Staff at the Senor Frog's bar and restaurant in Waikiki, which closed down in August, allege that male managers groped female workers' breasts and buttocks and demanded sex from them, the Daily Mail reported.

The US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission is suing La Rana Hawaii LLC, the Hawaii unit of Senor Frog's parent company, Grupo Anderson's.

Papers filed by the agency filed to the federal court in Honolulu on Thursday accuse managers of making graphic, inappropriate and offensive sexual comments on a daily basis.

The allege employees were encouraged - with at least two claiming they were directed - to have sex with high level executives when they visited Honolulu, including the chain's CEO, named as David Krouham in the court papers.

They also accuse managers of routinely urging employees, many of whom were under legal drinking age, to drink alcohol with them.

The complaint names five managers and three senior executives.

"One of the reasons we were so concerned about this case is we saw this harassing behavior permeated up to the most senior levels of management. That was a real problem and a real concern for us," Amrita Mallik, a senior trial attorney for the commission, said.

"This was a company that seemed to disregard the rights of the women who worked there," she said.

Most of the nine alleged harassment victims were students in their teens and early 20s who were working at the restaurant in their first ever job while also studying.

Managers allegedly retaliated against them if they complained, by giving the workers fewer hours, fewer shifts, and assigning them to cover slower parts of the restaurant where they would earn fewer tips. (ANI)

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