CARMEL RESTAURANTS TO PAY $175,000 TO SETTLE SH LAWSUIT
SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Carmel restaurants owned and operated by JCFB, Inc. agreed to pay $175,000 to settle a federal sexual harassment lawsuit filed on behalf of male and female kitchen staff, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) announced today.
According to the EEOC’s lawsuit, a male line cook at Porta Bella Restaurant suffered repeated inappropriate grabbing of his private parts by the kitchen manager, cook and chef. When he reported the conduct to Porta Bella’s owners, they dismissed the behavior and said, “They only play.” Afterwards, the chef became confrontational, and yelled and hit the line cook,forcing him to quit. The EEOC alleged JCFB failed to adequately investigate or discipline the harassers.