Many of our Colorado readers are familiar with the highly popular restaurant chain Chick-fil-A. There are dozens of Chick-fil-A locations throughout Colorado and hundreds more throughout the rest of the country. Many people love these restaurants for the good food and great eating environment. However, it appears that the environment at one Chick-fil-A in particular was not all that comfortable for a former employee.
According to reports, a 19-year-old who used to work at Chick-fil-A has filed a sexual harassment lawsuit against the company in federal court. The former employee, who is male, has alleged that another male employee inappropriately touched him while they were at work, as well as making sexual comments. When this type of situation occurs between two co-workers a company can usually escape liability by firing the offending employee. However, in this situation, the employee who filed the lawsuit claims that instead it was he who was fired after he complained about the sexual harassment.
To make matters worse, this 19-year-old employee has also alleged that some of his supervisors were actually present during instances of sexual harassment, and they failed to stop the offending behavior. The former employee has also stated that he was not the only employee to be harassed by this co-worker.
Sexual harassment in the workplace is a serious matter and employers must be vigilant when incidents are occurring between co-workers. Supervisors should not only refrain from sexual harassment and discrimination themselves, they should also act to ensure that no other employees engage in that type of behavior. Had the supervisors at this Chick-fil-A acted as they should have - by firing the offending employee - perhaps this 19-year-old man would still have his job and Chick-fil-A would not be facing a lawsuit.
Source: The Telegraph, "Former Chick-fil-A worker files federal sexual harassment lawsuit," Amy Leigh Womack, Sept. 22, 2013