Most of our Colorado readers are probably familiar with the restaurant chain Waffle House. The national chain has hundreds of locations throughout the country, with several in the Denver area alone. Most people have probably heard nothing but good things about the restaurant chain, but that perception may change after a report surfaced that the CEO of the company has had a criminal complaint filed against him under allegations of sexual harassment.
The criminal complaint may be just a first step toward an employment law civil complaint also. The alleged victim of the discrimination, who has reportedly stated that the sexual harassment began in 2003 and lasted all the way through until June of 2012, has since stated that she did not leave her job because she could not find another position with a salary which was close to what she was earning. She has said she did finally leave the position when her son earned a full-ride college scholarship.
Among the various allegations made in the criminal complaint, the victim stated that her employer would try to remove her clothes, force her to perform sexual acts on him and he also made lewd comments.
There are indications that the parties involved in this matter have indeed filed civil lawsuits against each other, but those documents have been sealed by the court. Only time will tell if the sexual harassment complaint will come to a satisfactorily conclusion for the employee.
Federal and state laws protect employees against sexual harassment on the part of their employers. In Colorado, anyone who believes they have been the victim of sexual harassment has 300 days to report the matter either to the Colorado Civil Rights Division or the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.
Source: KTTC.com, "Woman alleges Waffle House CEO demanded sex acts," Kate Brumback, Nov. 8, 2012